Motorists in Staffordshire are being warned to make sure their vehicles are secure during the coronavirus lockdown.
Staffordshire Police says officers have been dealing with a spike in the number of items being stolen from cars as drivers have been leaving them parked up during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Officers have now issued advice to motorists to ensure they don’t become a victim of crime.
Chief Inspector Mark Barlow from the force’s Stoke North Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “There’s been a slight increase in the number of vehicles being targeted by people looking to raise money during this government lockdown.
“At this unprecedented time we’re asking people to be extra vigilant and follow the appropriate advice when securing their cars, ensuring those who try their luck aren’t successful in taking your property.”
Here’s a list of steps officers say you can take to ensure you don’t become targeted by thieves during this lockdown:
- Always lock you car;
- Close windows;
- Secure number plates;
- Secure anything on the outside of your car;
- Take phones, coins, and other valuables with you;
- Hide electrical items;
- Park in well-lit areas;
- Protect tools.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of crime can contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or by messaging them on Facebook or Twitter.