[P]olice are reminding residents in Longtown to be vigilant following recent thefts from vehicles.
Between 28th April and 3rd May police have received six reports of thefts from insecure vehicles in the area.
Police are appealing for anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch. They are also appealing residents to ensure they lock doors and windows to help prevent further incidents.
Sergeant Scott Adams said: “Vehicles can be seen as an easy target for criminals as cars may have items left in glove compartments or in boots and some people leave tools in vans overnight.
“These incidents occurred during night-time hours where doors have been left insecure. Offenders will not think twice when stealing from vehicles is made easier by unlocked doors or windows.
“As well as locking doors and windows being locked, making sure nothing of value is left in your car or van overnight is a simple, but effective, method of ensuring your possessions aren’t stolen.
“Also consider where you are parking your vehicle. Criminals tend to operate in quieter areas where visibility is reduced. If you have a garage use it, if you don’t ensure alarms and immobilisers are set.
“Please always lock your vehicle when leaving it unattended, even if it is for just a minute. It only takes seconds for someone to come along and open the door and make off with your belongings.”
For further security advice, please visit www.cumbria.police.uk/Advice-Centre/Crime-Prevention/Home-Security.aspx
Anyone with information should call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.