Police call on motorists to be more security-conscious following a series of crimes
Police have issued a warning to motorists after a series of car crimes in a neighbourhood.
Officers at Hinckley Road police station have received 23 reports of vehicles being broken into in the past two weeks.
They said this was higher than usual and was almost as many thefts as they saw in the whole of December in that policing area.
Items taken from the vehicles include satellite navigation systems, tools, mobile phones and golf clubs.
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Sergeant Will Cheshire, deputy commander at the station, which covers areas such as the West End, Braunstone and Western Park, said: "We have increased our patrols and will do all we can to find those responsible for the rise in thefts from vehicles in the area, however, motorists can help us too.
"If you own a vehicle in the area we would urge you to think about its security.
"Is it parked in a well lit area? Have you left valuables in the car or on display?
"It can take just seconds to break into a car and steal a sat nav so don't take any chances. If you have left your vehicle, make sure you take your valuables with you."
He urged people to contact police if they see suspicious behaviour around parked cars or if they are aware of people selling what they believe to be stolen goods.
Contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.