Warning following theft from vehicles


Police are reminding the public of the current Vehicle Crime Prevention Campaign following two incidents of theft in the Abergele and Prestatyn areas.


The latest incident in Prestatyn was reported to officers shortly after 8am today (Friday, 13th July) after an iPod was stolen from an insecure vehicle.


At lunchtime yesterday (Thursday 12th July) officers received a report that a Sat Nav system had been stolen from a vehicle in the Abergele area.


Last month police launched their ‘Leave it on show expect it to go’ campaign, which is aimed at reducing the number of thefts from vehicles and reminding owners to properly secure their cars and not leave items on display.


With the help of a former car criminal, the campaign also features a short film, which shows the 48-year-old warning vehicle owners of the dangers of leaving valuable items on display.


North Wales Police saw a 14% increase in the number of incidents reported between January and April this year compared to the same period in 2011.


Inspector Julie Sheard from the Force Community Safety Team said: “Yet again we have received reports of vehicles being targeted due to having items on display and not being properly secured.


“The majority of vehicle crime is completely avoidable. Leaving items such as bags and mobile phones on display in your vehicle is an open invitation for a thief. It only takes a few seconds to remove valuables and lock your vehicle, please don’t make it easy for thieves.”


Further advice on how to secure your vehicle is available here.


To watch the campaign video follow this link.


If you know of someone who is committing car crime, or involved in the selling of stolen goods, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers Wales anonymously on 0800 555 111.