increase in Thefts from Cars!
Police have issued a 'lock it up' warning after a big increase
in thefts from cars in the central area of Macclesfield.
Forty one thefts have been reported in the town centre and nearby
estates during the past month. More than half of them were from
vehicles which had been left unlocked.
Detective Sergeant Dan Ackerley, in charge of Cheshire Police
Eastern Area vehicle crime unit said, "To have more than forty
thefts in a month is exceptional. It is about sixty per cent up
on the average monthly figure.
"We believe several criminals are involved and we are following
a number of lines of inquiry, but the fact is that many of
these thefts could have been prevented. The drivers simply needed
to click the key to lock the car doors when they parked up.
"It is hard to understand why people don’t take the trouble
to do that, especially as most of these vehicles were parked
overnight in the street and close to the owners’ homes. The
property stolen included satnavs, iPods, CD players, and rucksacks
with various items inside. In many cases the goods had been left
in the car, clearly visible to anyone who was prowling about looking
for something to steal.
"Car criminals are opportunists. They want to make a quick
search of the vehicle, take what is available and get away.
If you leave the car unlocked and valuables on show you are
presenting them with the perfect scenario. In most cases these
crimes would have been prevented if the drivers had simply locked
the cars and taken the property with them.”
Anyone who has any information about the thefts
from vehicles in Macclesfield can contact Sgt Dan Ackerley by calling
the Cheshire Police Information line 101, or you can
leave information anonymously on the Crimestoppers line 0800
Please be aware and report anything suspicious.
Macclesfield Neighbourhood Policing Team 0845 458 6371
Police non-emergency number: 101
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