Police are warning East Yorkshire residents not to keep valuable items in their cars after a spate of break ins when thieves have targeted car parks.
Cars have been broken into for very low value items such as a packet of cigarettes and loose change.
Car parks have been targeted across the region and have included hotels, leisure facilities, public houses as well as busy town centre car parks.
As the police are seeing a rise in reported car break-ins in the area, they are reminding car owners to clear their vehicles of temptation.
A police spokesman said: ”Thieves do not care what damage they cause.
“Vehicle owners, having left a coat or a handful of loose change on view in the car, have been subjected to hundreds of pounds of damage as thieves have smashed their way into the vehicle.
“Recently a brick was used to smash a car window in a nearby car park – the thief had noticed a black bin liner on the back seat, it only had rubbish in it and nothing was stolen, but the owner was left with a £300 repair bill.”
Police say never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNavs, mobile phones; laptop computers; bank cards and cash. Even an old coat on the back seat or a plastic bag in the foot well is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’. It is not worth the risk of having to repair a window for the sake of an unwanted bag of rubbish.
If you own a Sat Nav remove the unit and holder from windscreen and wipe the residue circle from the screen (this could indicate to a thief you have hidden the unit in the car) If you don’t need the Sat Nav for your local journey then leave it safe at home.
Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car. If you cannot, then lock them in the boot out of sight
Next time you tidy the car out, see what items you don’t use every day and secure them at home until they are needed.
Lock all doors, close all windows and the sunroof every time you leave your car, even if it is just for a few minutes. It only takes a second to reach in and steal items.
Do not to leave identification or vehicle registration documents in your vehicle.
Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view. Where possible park in a well lit car park with an attendant or CCTV.