Police in E District are reminding the public of the importance of removing valuables from your car and securing your vehicle following a number of thefts from cars over the weekend.
In five separate incidents eight cars were broken into and items including handbags, wallets, ipods, mobile phones and laptop were taken.
The incidents occurred during the day on Saturday, 7 September at Kilbroney Forest Park, Slieve Gullion Park, Ballyargan Road, Tandragee, Vinneycash Church carpark, Battlehill Road, Portadown and Killeavy GAA Club, Dublin Road, Newry.
E District Crime Prevention Officer, Paula Crowe said: “Thieves are opportunistic and unattended cars can often look like an attractive prospect to criminals. We do not want anyone to fall prey to this type of crime and would urge all motorists to take steps to protect your car and valuables.
“Don’t make it easy for thieves – remove all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, CD players, laptops, Sat Navs and phones from view.
Lock valuable items in the boot and remove the face plate from your in-car stereo system. In a number of these incidents the thief is going straight for the glove box so avoid storing your valuables here – where possible, keep your wallet, purse, cash or phone on your person.
“Ensure your vehicle is locked and all windows and sun roofs secure. Improving your car’s security features such as alarms, prominent VIN number markings, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle.
“It only takes a matter of seconds to break into a car so it is vitally important that the public promptly report any suspicious activity they notice near vehicles or when a car alarm has been activated. This will help to deter and help us detect those involved in this type of crime.”
Police would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to these incidents. They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.