People parking in country parks near Wellingborough are being warned to take extra care after a spate of incidents involving thefts from cars.
Police are advising vehicle owners to be vigilant after five incidents where car windows have been smashed or locks forced, and property stolen from inside.
The incidents were reported in Summer Leys nature reserve and Sywell Country Park. In three of the incidents, property had been left on display.
The police have advised motorists to: Lock the doors, and close the windows and sun roof when you leave the car for any length of time; don’t leave anything on display – even a jacket can be an appealing target for a thief; remove the stereo if you can; remove satellite navigation devices where possible, including the support cradle and suction pad. Wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard; never store your car’s documents in the car.
A police spokesman said: “We are working closely with park rangers to tackle this issue, and will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area. Officers will also be visiting these locations in order to identify vehicles with insecurities or valuables on display, so that crime prevention advice can be given.
Be vigilant and report any suspicious activity the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”