Drivers warned: make sure cars are locked

CCTV released after woman’s bag is stolen

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POLICE say 40 per cent of cars targeted by thieves in Havant and Waterlooville in the past month had been left unsecured by owners.

Between December 8, 2012 and January 8, there were 34 reports of thefts from vehicles in the area and 14 of those targeted had been left unlocked.

Inspector Dave Humphries said: ‘Havant and Waterlooville has seen a 10 per cent reduction in thefts from motor vehicles so far since April compared with the same period for the previous year.

‘But in order to see a further reduction, we need to stop the big proportion of opportunist thefts from insecure vehicles.’

He added: ‘A large number of these crimes can be avoided if as a car owner you always lock your car, no matter how quick you intend to be, and take anything of value out of the car when you leave it unoccupied.’

He also urged motorists to park in well lit areas and to activate security devices

Two men aged 31 and 32, from Havant, were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle and attempted theft from a motor vehicle following incidents in Emsworth and Rowlands Castle.

They have been bailed until February 1.