Police have warned motorists to take extra care this festive season as thieves target cars when drivers' minds are elsewhere, newsuk24.com reports.
Thames Valley Police is just one force around the country warning that opportunistic thieves may be targeting cars this summer to steal valuables kept inside or to even make off with the car altogether.
For the start of its campaign, Thames Valley Police stationed officers at the Hills Meadow car park in Caversham, in which there were 50 reported crimes over the last year alone - with many being car thefts. It was also noted that the trend could be set for a rise over Christmas, not just because drivers are distracted but also as the longer nights provide more cover of darkness.
Locals weren't just offered advice on ways of keeping their car more secure, but also a 'Christmas list' of all the most desirable items that a thief may be likely to try and take from within. Many of these were electronic devices, such as sat-navs, mp3 players and mobile phones.
For the car itself, number plate etching on the windows and immobilisers were suggested as possible security measures that motorists would want to put in place.
Explaining further, PCSO Dave Wren told getreading.co.uk: "People that are affected by any crime are naturally upset and we do give them support and with much darker nights at this time of year the opportunity for thefts goes up.
"However, many of these offences can be prevented if people do not leave items on show and take steps to secure their vehicles so they do not become a victim of crime."