Motorists warned after spate of thefts in Daventry

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DRIVERS in Daventry are being reminded to think about the security of their vehicles after 19 thefts from the vehicles took place over two weeks.

The vehicles, which include cars, vans and caravans, had various items stolen including tools and a sat nav, between 1 August and 16 August.

A number of the cars had been left insecure, making it easier for thieves to target them.

In some cases, items from on the vehicle were stolen such as hub caps and wiper blades.

Owners are being given the following advice by police:

– Always keep your car locked, closing both the windows and sunroof - even if you are only leaving the vehicle for a few moments.

– Always remove all items from your vehicle when parked; even an old coat can tempt a thief.

– Ensure when removing your sat nav that the cradle and suction pad are also removed.

– Store your car in your garage, and keep both the car and garage locked and secure.

– If you do not have a garage, park on your driveway, in well-lit areas or where it is overlooked.

– If you park on the street, tuck in wing mirrors and put the aerial down to avoid criminal damage to your vehicle.

Sector Inspector Helen Pritchett, said: “Although we have seen a small spike in thefts, the figures show that there are still fewer offences than there were for the same time last year, which is positive.

“However, we want to nip this spike in the bud. If somebody is acting suspiciously around cars, we want to know about it. If anyone has any information that could help, we want them to report it.

“We advise people to make sure they protect their vehicles as much as they can.”