Police are to increase patrols and take several other crime prevention measures after a series of thefts from cars in Glossop.
Several cars have been searched or had items stolen from them over the past few weeks. The latest incidents saw cars searched over night between Wednesday 3rd December and 4th December whilst parked on Scotty Brook Crescent, Hurst Close and Hurst Crescent – where a SatNav was stolen.
In response to these incidents, Glossop Police are to conduct high visibility patrols of the affected areas to reassure residents and deter opportunistic criminals. Members of the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team are also going to head out and chat with locals to reassure them about what can be done to keep their property and vehicles safe.
Speaking about theft prevention, Sergeant Trevor Steed who leads the Safer Neighbourhood teams for the Glossop area said: “Thieves are opportunists so if they see an unsecure car or valuables left on display they will try their luck. Remove any valuables from your vehicles and leave bags, loose change and sat nav holders out of view.
“If nothing is left in then nothing can be taken out so don’t give thieves the chance of an early present this Christmas.
“If you see anyone acting suspiciously around unattended vehicles then contact police straight away so that we can prevent a crime from happening.”
Officers will also be handing out crime prevention leaflets and have the following tips for Glossop residents:
- Make sure your vehicle is properly locked and the windows are up before you leave it
- Don’t leave anything on display, such as coats, wallets, loose change or bags
- Park in well-lit areas or in a garage where possible
- Remove rings from sat nav holders to deter criminals
If you believe you’ve seen someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, call Derbyshire Police on 101. In an emergency, always call 999.