Security advice given to police

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MOTORISTS are being urged to keep their vehicles locked and avoid leaving anything on display after a spate of break-ins.

Police in Chesterfield said a number of vehicles were broken into between Friday and Wednesday, March 1 and 7, in the Grangewood and Holmewood areas of the town – including a Ford Fiesta which had tools taken while parked in Chepstow Close. The ignition was also tampered with.

In another incident, the window of a car in Hardwick Close was smashed and the ignition tampered with.

Officers have increased patrols in a bid to deter thieves.

Inspector Steve Ball said: “Car crime continues to fall in Derbyshire, but there are still thieves out there who will target vehicles with visible insecurities or property on display.

“We are urging motorists to do their bit to make their vehicle as secure and unattractive to thieves as possible. Following some simple steps may be enough to prevent a thief from targeting your car – keep doors locked and do not leave windows open, remove satnavs from display and wipe the mark from the window where it has been secured, do not leave any valuables on display, park on a secure driveway where possible or in a well-lit area and use an immobiliser or steering lock.”

n Anyone with information about car crime can call police on 101.