Car owners of Bedfordshire have told to be wary about the actions of local thieves after a number of vehicles were broken into last week, reports bedfordshire-news.co.uk.
Police say residents of Kempston have been particularly hard hit by "opportunist thieves" who are targeting unmonitored cars.
One of the reported incidents came between last Thursday (March 13) and Friday (March 14) when a Hyundai Coupe was opened up and prized of a number of belongings.
Thieves gained entry to the vehicle between 6:30pm on Thursday and 7:40am the following morning, making off with sunglasses a car stereo fascia and a stack of CDs.
On the very same night, thieves broke into a Renault Laguna and stole a car manual and locking nuts. Then in the same week, between Tuesday March 11 and Friday March 14, a Peugeot 206 was broken into but no belongings were stolen.
Of course, the outcome of these incidents could have been much more severe. That fact that thieves are seemingly finding it easy to break into vehicles should serve as a reminder for motorists to protect their vehicles, with car tracking software or otherwise.
For those who are yet to invest in extra protection for their vehicles, chief inspector Julian Frost of Bedfordshire Police said they should at least perform all the basic checks.
He told safer-beds.org: "Locking your vehicles, setting the alarm, leaving it in a well-lit area or using your garage will all help to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of vehicle crime."
"Although the long nights are starting to come to an end we would still encourage people to make sure that they secure their homes and vehicles."