North East Lincolnshire: Motorist urged to protect their cars following rise in offences
Theft from motor vehicle offences in North East Lincolnshire have increased by 116 percent, with 45 offences in March and 97 in April.
We are urging the public to help us in preventing offences and reporting any information about the people responsible.
The majority of the offences have occurred in the West Marsh and Yarborough areas of Grimsby, with most offences being committed overnight.
It is believed that the offences are being committed by opportunist criminals targeting cars with items left on display. Items targeted include cash/loose change, handbags, wallets and purses, tools, phones and sat-navs.
Detective Inspector James Fairgrieve said: “The key to stopping these incidents is simple prevention. Never leave property temptingly on display inside a car as an opportunist thief may see this as an invitation.
“You should also be sure to lock your car whenever you leave it. It takes seconds for a thief to steal an item from an unlocked vehicle.”
If people see a crime in progress they should call 999. Anyone with information about those responsible for the crimes are urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Here are our top five tips to stop your car being targeted:
1. Do not leave anything on display in your car, as even a plastic bag or a coat on a back seat could appeal to thieves. Also ensure you remove in-car electrical equipment – like sat-navs from vehicles.
2. Make sure you lock your vehicle when you leave it unattended.
3. Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car. If this isn’t possible store items in the boot.
4. If out shopping, try to park in secure car parks with CCTV and security or well-lit busy locations.
5. If you have a car alarm enable it before leaving your vehicle unattended