Motorists warned after spate of car break-ins in same Portsmouth street

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MOTORISTS are urged not to leave valuables in their vehicles after three cars were broken into in the same street.

In the latest attack the window of a Peugeot 206 was smashed overnight on Sunday.

A laptop and projector worth almost £2,000 were stolen from a Honda Civic overnight on April 28.

Exactly a week earlier the front door of a Citroen Saxo was forced open. A hockey kit and hooded top containing a debit card were stolen in the incident on April 21.

All three cars were parked in Garfield Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, when they were targeted.

PC Mark Treharne from Nelson Safer Neighbourhoods team said: ‘We are taking swift actions to put a stop to this issue before it escalates.

‘The issue seems to be that items are being stored inside the vehicles out of sight, but they are still being broken into and searched on the off-chance that the offender or offenders find anything.

‘We are urging car owners to always remove all items from their vehicles, and make sure they show that the car is clearly empty. This can be done by leaving the glove box open, not leaving a coat that may be covering something in the footwell. Remove your radio if it can be taken out, and if you have a sat nav device, always take all the cables out with you and remove any sucker marks the holding device leaves on the windscreen.’

Safer Neighbourhoods officers have been patrolling the area and giving crime prevention advice to residents and business owners.

PC Treharne added: ‘I am also asking anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at the time of any of these incidents to please get in touch.

‘Having your car broken into can be distressing as well as costly and inconvenient, and we want to ensure this problem is resolved and improve people’s quality of life.’

Anyone with information on the thefts should call PC Treharne at Fratton police station on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.