Police in Cheshire have issued a warning to motorists after a spate of car thefts took place in the local area, silobreaker.com reports.
The Cheshire Police Force warned Knutsford to be extra vigilant following a marked rise in vehicle crime in recent weeks. Between January 20th - February 10th, officers noted a significant increase in car thefts; with out-of-town pub car parks and lay-bys among the worst affected.
All the incidents took place between the hours of 6pm - 10:30pm.
Locals may not only be in danger of having the car itself stolen, but also any items from inside. Previously, criminals have broken into the cars to steal sat-navs, laptops and handbags. In some cases, number plates were even taken.
In light of the developments, police officers have urged locals not just to take care of their own vehicles, but those of friends and neighbours as well, to prevent more people becoming victims. Those concerned about car safety can also improve the features of their vehicle to help keep them safe; using such technologies as immobilisers or tracking systems to enable the police to see where a car has been taken once stolen.
Issuing the warning, PC Andy Baker - from the Knutsford Neighbouring Police Unit - told knutsfordguardian.co.uk: "Over the past couple of weeks, local officers have noticed an increase in the number of vehicles broken into in the area.
"As a result we want to remind local residents and visitors to be extra vigilant and security conscious where their cars are concerned. Please ensure your vehicles are locked and secured and remove valuables from them."