Increase in cars being broken into in North East Derbyshire

Police in North East Derbyshire are again urging drivers to keep valuable items out of sight after documenting an increase in vehicles being broken into.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 9:49 am

Officers said they have received several more reports of SEATs, Volkswagens and Skodas being targeted for their sat navs in the North Wingfield area.

Vehicle owners are being encouraged to make sure they take all valuable items out of their cars and into their property when they have parked up and to report any suspicious behaviour as soon as possible.

It comes after Derbyshire drivers were urged to increase their vehicle security last month following a number of cars being broken into.

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There has been an increase in vehicle theft in North Wingfield according to police.

In the north east of the county, there was an increase in vehicles which were being targeted for their sat navs.

A thief broke into a white Seat Ibiza and stole the sat nav while it was parked in Gill Lane, Grassmoor between 9.45pm on February 2 and 10am the next day.

On February 6 at around 6.15am, another sat nav was stolen from the glovebox of a Vauxhall Adam along with a dashboard camera, when it was parked on the driveway of a home in Parkhouse Road in Lower Pilsley.

Two Land Rovers were also stolen last month.

A grey Land Rover Discovery was taken sometime between between 5pm on February 9 and 8am the next day from Laburnum Close in Creswell.

While a black Land Rover Discovery was stolen from Church Street in Barlborough between 7pm on February 8 and 7.30am the next day.

Police increased patrols in North East Derbyshire following the crimes but urge residents to remain vigilant.

People should report anyone acting suspiciously in your street, or if you notice an unfamiliar car in the road, perhaps driving slowly around the area and make a note of any make or model numbers and registration plates.

To help keep your vehicles and possessions safe, officers are reminding vehicle owners to make sure their car is locked and the windows are up and advising them to park in a garage if possible.

Drivers should also consider investing in devices that make your vehicle harder to steal such as a steering lock.

To report information call police on 101, or send the force a message via Facebook, Twitter or their website.

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