WARNINGS have been issued to drivers in Portsmouth after a spate of thefts from cars.
Sgt Rob Sutton said thieves are breaking into vehicles where items have been left on display.
The whole process is avoided if you simply take the thing outSgt Rob Sutton
He is urging people to take sat navs, phones and laptops out of their cars and is warning visitors in the south of Portsmouth to be vigilant.
Sgt Sutton said: ‘Visitors coming into the city don’t know certain streets you shouldn’t park in.
‘If you’re a tourist or visitor, park in the main car parks. Don’t leave it in the side streets.’
Portsmouth City Council workers have cut back trees and hedgerows in the car park in Pembroke Road, Southsea, to deter thieves.
That has been done to open up the area in a bid to reduce crime.
All tools available to the police are being used, Sgt Sutton said.
And extra patrols and prevention work have already seen a reduction of thefts in the south of the area.
Sgt Sutton added the spate had seen cars broken into in Clarence Esplanade, Burnaby Road, Pembroke Road and Pier Road.
It is mainly happening from mid-afternoon to 10pm, and sometimes early in the morning.
Police want people to take expensive items out of vehicles to deter thieves.
‘There’s a whole host of stuff involved which is expensive to the taxpayer because the police investigate it, the CSI person,’ said Sgt Sutton.
‘The whole process is avoided if you simply take the thing out.’
But Sgt Sutton added he wants the public’s help in locating where stolen items are being taken.
He said: ‘We’ve got a bit of a gap in community intelligence as to where it’s going.
‘Some will pop up on Facebook, some on eBay and some exchanged for drugs.
‘We really need the community’s help.’