A top officer says Rushden has become the worst place in the county for vehicle crime following a recent spate of incidents.
In the two weeks between Monday, May 13, and Sunday, May 26, a total of 14 vehicles have been targeted by thieves on the look out for valuable property.
Thieves have smashed windows, forced locks or removed items from people’s vehicles through an open window, boot, or unlocked door.
Items such as power tools, satellite navigation systems and stereos have been stolen.
The majority of vehicles targeted have been cars.
East Northants Inspector Inam Khan said: “Rushden is currently experiencing the highest amount of vehicle crime in the county.
“The main problem areas are the Bates, Hayden and Pemberton wards.
“We urge motorists to remove everything from their cars and vans whenever left unattended or at least hide items from direct view.
“With opportunist thieves operating in the area, it is important that people don’t make life easy for them by following this simple precautionary measure.
“We also need people to report anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle to police, by calling 999.”