POLICE in Ellesmere Port are calling for the public’s help to reverse an increase in thefts from cars.
In recent weeks there has been a growing number of thefts from motorists, with stereos and sat navs the top things to be taken.
Now officers are hoping a display of community spirit from borough residents will help put a stop to this.
PC Liam Smithies, of Ellesmere Port and Neston Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “The thieves seem to be targeting older small vehicles such as Vauxhall Corsas, Citroen Saxos and Peugeot 106s and in many cases are simply bending back the doors to gain access to the cars.
“Once inside they are helping themselves to CDs, stereos, sat nav systems and anything else left inside.
“We are addressing the issue and are proactively targeting the most affected areas as well as carrying out specific operations aimed at disrupting and apprehending those responsible.”
He said officers need the help of the local community if their work is to be a continued success.
PC Smithies explained: “Firstly we need all car owners to be more security conscious.
“Valuables should be removed from every vehicle left unattended – as should any tell tale signs they were ever in the car such as suction marks from sat nav holders or adaptors for phones and iPods.
“Most thieves will only target a car if they see something worth stealing.
“By taking a few extra minutes to remove your property you can dramatically reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime.
“Secondly, look at what you can do to make life more difficult for criminals.
“Steering locks will deter many opportunist thieves while motion sensitive security lighting will make it more difficult for crooks to operate without being seen.
“There are also some free steps you can take. Always ensure your car is parked in a well-lit area and that, when left unattended at home, is in full view of your house and your neighbours’ homes.”
He added: “Finally, I ask all residents to take a stand against the criminals who are making life miserable for others.
“Theft, whether from a car or from the home, is a very personal offence and has a huge direct impact on the victim.
“Not only are they affected financially, often we see psychological issues as victims can feel their homes and personal space has been violated.
“With Christmas fast approaching there is no better time to start thinking about the fortunes of our neighbours.
“I call on everyone in Ellesmere Port to be vigilant and stay on the look out for potential thieves in the area and report any such behaviour to us on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”