Peterborough: Car Crime Warning

8 August 2012, 12:26 | Updated: 8 August 2012, 12:33

Cambridgeshire Police are warning drivers in Peterborough to ensure their cars are secure after 60 were broken into in under a month.

The thefts from vehicles happened between the 20 July and 7 August.

12 of the thefts were from cars in the North Bretton area of Peterborough.

Officers are concerned that people are still leaving items such as sat navs, money and handbags in cars. 

In other cases, diesel and registration plates have been stolen. 

Other areas affected include Orton and Hampton, with eight offences, and the east of the city, including Eastfield, with six offences.

Inspector Rob Hill said: "We are working to reduce vehicle crime, however, we need the public's help if we are to make more of an impact. 

If people continue to leave valuable items in their cars the problem will continue. 

Having your car broken into is not only costly but also time consuming. 

Our advice is to remove all valuable items from your car and leave glove boxes open before leaving it unattended." 

Police advice on reducing the risk of becoming a victim:

  • Do not leave property in your vehicle when leaving it unattended. 
  • Lock your vehicle. 
  • Leave the glove box empty and open to show that you have not hidden any valuables inside. 
  • Never leave a car running unattended. 

Anyone with information in relation to these crimes is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.