MOTORISTS are being urged to lock their cars following an increase in thefts from vehicles.
More than 130 reports of thefts from vehicles in the Gosport area have been made in the first three months of the area – and eight more were reported overnight on Tuesday.
Three quarters of the thefts have been from unlocked cars.
Many of the offences have taken place overnight in residential areas and include items such as sat navs,, stereos, MP3 players, cameras, phones, clothing, and laptops
Gosport Safer Neighbourhoods team inspector Dave Hunter said: ‘These figures show that one of the key issues contributing to the increase in thefts from vehicles in Gosport is the lack of security measures being taken by drivers.
‘Believe it or not, some residents are deliberately leaving their vehicles unlocked to avoid the window being smashed, which would result in greater repair costs.
‘However, if your vehicle is left insecure insurance companies will fail to pay out for any loss suffered. If your vehicle is secure and nothing is left on display the chance of anyone breaking into it is far less.
‘The message is simple. Remove it, lock it or lose it.’