Havant police warn drivers to ‘lock it or lose it’ following spike in thefts from cars

Thieves smash into vehicles parked at leisure centres

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DRIVERS are being warned to keep their vehicles secure after there were more than 90 reports of thefts from cars and vans in the past five months.

Between June 4 and December 4, 93 reports were received by Havant police.

As a result, local neighbourhood officers have been carrying out special spot-checks to see whether unattended vehicles are locked.

Crime prevention literature is then given to the owners of vehicles that fail the checks.

Statistics show 66 per cent of the thefts took place overnight or when it is dark.

Many of these reports relate to incidents on a Thursday or Friday, with 40 per cent of the vehicles having not been locked properly or where a window was left open.

Nearly a third – 29 per cent – of the reports relate to the Warren Park and Barncroft areas of the borough.

A variety of items are taken, including purses and wallets, tools, sat navs, spare wheels, and in one instance a disabled blue badge.

PCSO Alex Mcdonald said: ‘The message really is simple – lock it or lose it.

‘Especially at this time of year when people are Christmas shopping, thieves will walk along the streets trying door handles to exploit insecure vehicles, so always make sure you leave it locked.