‘Thieves are looking for unlocked cars’

Police have put up signs in hotspot areas such as Barrowby Gate warning people to lock their cars.

Police have put up signs in hotspot areas such as Barrowby Gate warning people to lock their cars.

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POLICE officers in Grantham are resorting to ever more desperate measures to get motorists to take basic crime prevention measures.

Every week Lincolnshire Police officers are called out to thefts from cars which have been left unlocked overnight.

With speculative criminals having succeeding simply by trying car doors, police patience is wearing thin.

Just last week the Journal told how two men were convicted of offences of this nature.

Sector Insp Phil Taylor said: “We are still getting a high number of thefts from cars scattered all over the town.

“Yet again, people are simply leaving their car doors unlocked.”

In recent weeks they have put up signs in affected streets, posted leaflets through doors and even sent mobile phone messages out via Bluetooth warning people to lock their cars not to leave valuable items such as sat navs or handbags on display.

The latest tactic by the police is to send officers to areas targeted by car thieves. They look for vulnerable cars - left unlocked or with valuables on show - and then contact the cars owner to explain why more care should be taken.

Sector Insp Taylor said: “We take the registration and then contact the owner to educate them. One day we had eight in one street.”