Sat navs and money stolen after thieves break into cars in Chesterfield

Valuable items such as sat navs and money have been stolen from vehicles in Chesterfield following a spate of cars being broken into according to police.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 10:40 am

Derbyshire Constabulary received a number of reports of vehicles in the Walton area being broken into or thieves entering cars which had been left unlocked and and stealing valuables such as cash and sat navs.

Officers are appealing for information about the thefts which they said tend to occur overnight in the early hours of the morning.

Anyone with CCTV footage is encouraged to review it to see if criminals are attempting to break into their vehicles or are caught trying car door handles which is also an offence.

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Officers received reports that a number of vehicles in the Walton area have been broken into.

Motorists are urged to secure their car when they leave the vehicle and ensure they don’t leave any valuables on clear display – especially wallets with bank cards in.

Residents which have caught suspicious behaviour on camera, should call police on 101 to help those pictured be identified.

Police in Chesterfield were also alerted to vehicle registration cloning in the town last week, after a member of the public came forward with proof their car’s number plates had been copied.

The motorist became aware of the cloning after he received a speeding fine from an area that he had not been to and the description of the vehicle caught on camera did not relate to the true vehicle.

To tackle the problem, officers place a specialist sticker on each registration plate of the true vehicle and update the Police National Database with the incident.

Officers told drivers to report any similar cloning incidents to the force by calling 101.

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