Spate of car thefts in East Cambs prompts warning from police

Sue Loaker

Sue Loaker - Credit: Archant

Police in Ely have issued a warning to car owners following a spate of thefts in the last week.

Officers said that had seen a “slight increase” of theft from motor vehicles in East Cambs and called on owners to be extra vigilant.

Sue Loaker, community safety officer, said: “Just a few simple steps could reduce your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime. Some of the most popular items stolen by thieves are easy to access and portable, such as sat navs, handbags, purses, wallets, tools and mobile phones.

“Protect your belongings with an easily identifiable mark, using your postcode is a good option. Use security devices that make your vehicle more difficult and less appealing to steal from and, before you leave your vehicle, remove valuables from sight, ideally by taking them with you but if it’s not possible putting them in a glove compartment or boot

“Remove any signs of valuables being in the vehicle such as a sat nav cradle and the mark it leaves behind.”

Ms Loaker added that people leaving their cars in the street overnight should try and park closer to lighting and she asked people to take particular care when parking in remote areas.