Police warn motorists after thefts

HARROGATE police are warning motorists to be on their guard, after a spate of thefts from vehicles.

They are urging drivers to be vigilant, to make sure they lock up and not to leave valuables on display.

Sat-navs, cameras, iPods and iPhones have been taken from cars in High and Low Harrogate, Granby and Killinghall, along with laptops, car keys and clothes.

Inspector Will Scarlett, of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am asking all vehicle owners not to leave property on view in the cars, because this increases the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

“A lot of these thefts are opportunist and vehicle owners can help to stop these crimes occurring by taking a couple of moments when they leave their cars to check nothing is on view and that they are locked.

“If you do see anyone acting in a suspicious manner around vehicles please contact North Yorkshire Police as soon as possible.”

As well as breaking into cars to steal valuables, thieves have taken property from vehicles that owners left insecure.

Every year, the summer brings an increase in car-related crime, with items like sat-navs, CDs and car radios typically targeted.

Further crime prevention advice can be found at www.northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention or the Harrogate District Community Safety Website www.saferharrogate.org.uk.

Anyone who notices people acting suspiciously around vehicles is urged to report the incident to North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24 7. Or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.