CARELESS drivers are being blamed for an increase in car break-ins in Northwich.
Too many drivers are leaving valuables on show and not taking basic precautions to protect their vehicles, claims Insp Pete Minghella, head of Northwich Neighbourhood Policing Unit.
More than 30 thefts from cars have been reported in Northwich and its surrounding villages in September alone, along with eight thefts of vehicles.
Insp Minghella said: “Thieves will, as a general rule, look for an easy target, and sadly there are too many people giving them exactly what they want.
“In many cases, particularly those involving thefts from motor vehicles, people have left valuable items such as Sat Nav systems, radios, wallets and mobile phones in their cars.
“Although the cars might be locked, a thief will think nothing of smashing a window or forcing a door if they have the chance to make a quick profit.
“Even storing items in the boot or glove box is not good enough, because prospective thieves will target these areas first if they break into your car.”
Vehicles in Barnton, Castle, Kingsmead, Weaverham and Winnington have all been targeted and Insp Minghella’s team have now stepped up patrols in the areas.
He added: “The only safe way to store valuables is to remove them from your car and to get into the habit of doing this every time you leave your vehicle.”