Motorists in Rushden and Higham Ferrers are being urged to remove valuables from their vehicles after a spate of 35 reported vehicle crime incidents this month.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Katie Stringer said: “Since the beginning of April, a total of 20 incidents have been reported to police where items have been stolen from vehicles.
“Items taken include satellite navigation systems, a handbag, a DVD player, laptops, fishing equipment and tools.
“Vehicle registration plates and catalytic converters have also been stolen.”
“Further to that, 15 incidents of vehicle damage have also been reported, including smashed windows, damage to windscreen wipers and vehicles being scratched.”
A crime prevention event took place on Wednesday 24 April at the Co-op store on the High Street, Higham Ferrers, where officers spoke to visitors about vehicle crime and gave out crime prevention advice leaflets.
PCSO Stringer said: “We are keen to raise awareness about simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of being a victim of this type of crime.
“Further details can be found on our website - www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.
“We encourage people to call us on 999 if they notice anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle.”