Motorists living in the Langley Mill area are being encouraged to take extra steps to secure their vehicles following recent incidents.
Over the past few weeks, police have received reports whereby thieves have broken into vehicles, carried out a search and stole items from within.
Power tools, an Apple iPad tablet and a child’s pushchair were amongst the items stolen after thieves broke into vehicles along Cromford Road, Ebenezer Street, Thompson Street and Daltons Close, Langley Mill.
Following the incidents Safer Neighbourhood officers are urging residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to them to help to prevent a crime from taking place.
Acting Sergeant Richard Marshall from the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are asking the public to help us by ensuring that their vehicle is properly secure, with the windows up, before leaving it unattended.
“Thieves are opportunists and will often try door handles until they find an insecure vehicle, even for a small amount of loose change.
“To help deter criminals, ensure that any valuables are left out of view from passers-by, or removed completely where possible. Wipe away any sucker marks left by sat-navs or mobile phone holders as this can also help to prevent a vehicle from being targeted.
“Where possible, park in a well-lit, overlooked area and always report suspicious incidents to us, however small it may seem. This could help us to stop an offender in the act and prevent yours, or your neighbour’s vehicles, from being approached.”
For further crime prevention advice or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call the non-emergency 101 number.