Police in Cornwall are urging the public to be aware of opportunist thieves looking for valuables left in vehicles after a number of incidents in the county.

Taking simple precautions such as keeping car windows closed and doors locked, and keeping valuables out of sight, could prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. 

Superintendent John Green, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Theft from vehicles in Cornwall remains low but the opportunity for this type of crime traditionally rises during the summer months, whilst people are out and about enjoying the weather.

“People should try to park their vehicle in safe, well lit areas, remove items such as sat navs, mobile phones etc, and avoid leaving any shopping on display.

“By taking these simple precautions people can help police to reduce crime and prevent the heartache of losing valuables over the summer season.”

Police are urging the public to:

• Lock your vehicles and close windows.

• Park your vehicle in a safe and well lit area. Use secure car parks.

• Leave nothing on display in your vehicle. Remove items such as sat nav and cradle, tools, mobiles, and money.

• Plan shopping so that bulky items are collected at the end of the day rather than being stored in your vehicle.

• Property mark your possessions and register your valuables using the free service at www.immobilise.com. This enables police to identify the owner of the items if they are stolen.

If you need to report a theft from a vehicle, contact the police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk . In the event of an emergency dial 999.