Motorists urged not to tempt thieves


Police are renewing an appeal for motorists not to leave valuables on show in their vehicles.


The warning comes after reports of 11 incidents in the coastal region of Denbighshire recently.


Inspector Julie Sheard said that they were now appealing for information and urging people to take extra care.


She said: “Many of the reports were for property being stolen from the vehicles and some of them were left insecure.”


Among the 11 reported incidents there were two reported on May 5 when an Ipad, mobile phone, handbag and contents including bank cards and cash stolen were stolen from a vehicle which had its window smashed on Beach Rd, Prestatyn. A handbag, Kindle and tools were also taken from a car parked on the Nova Centre car park, Prestatyn.


On May 6 thieves took a wallet and its contents, including bank cards from the glove box of a car parked in Llwyn Morfa, Abergele. They also entered an unsecure vehicle and stole two sets of keys in Maes Y Dre Abergele. While in Lon Ffawydd, Abergele, another vehicle was broken into and a walking pole and petrol stolen.


On the same day a laptop and MP3 player were stolen from a parked car which had its window smashed in Marine Drive, Rhyl.


The following day a tow bar was taken from a vehicle in Abergele Rd, Rhyl and side skirts were taken from a vehicle in Wellington Road.


There was another incident in Kinmel Ave, Abergele, when items were stolen from an unlocked van parked on a driveway.


Insp Sheard said: “People do need to follow some basic security tips and either remove valuables or hide them away.


“When parking up and leaving their cars, owners need to ensure they lock the doors and don't leave items on display which may tempt a passer by.


“We are also urging the public to be extra vigilant and if they see anything suspicious or someone hanging round vehicles please get in touch with us on 101.


Security tips:

Never leave anything on display in your vehicle; a bag on the back seat is enough to tempt a thief.

Remove all belongings including bags; lock them in your boot.

Always remove your portable sat nav system including any support cradles and suction pads that are fitted to the windscreen. If you can’t take it with you lock it safely in your boot.

Always remove the suction ring left on the windscreen using a nylon cloth.

When you leave your car, close all windows including your sunroof and ensure your car has been locked.

Never leave credit cards or cheque books in the glove compartment and don’t leave the vehicle documents in the car.

Mark items such as CD players and sat nav systems with your postcode or vehicle registration using a special security marker.