Police issue stark warning after spate of car break-ins

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Police are warning motorists in the Ribble Valley to be on their guard of opportunist thieves and to keep their vehicles locked at all times.

The stark warning has been issued by Insp. Hassan Khan, of Clitheroe Police, after a spate of car break-ins recently. And he is urging car owners to be extra vigilant and to keep valuables out of sight, especially with the Spring Bank Holiday approaching.

Cars parked in St James Street, Waterloo Road, Brownlow Street, Clitheroe and Wiswell Lane, Whalley, have been targeted by thieves. A laptop, jewellery, CDs, a sat-nav device and money has been stolen from the vehicles. Police believe the cars were left unlocked.

Insp. Khan said: “I cannot stress how important it is for motorists to keep their vehicles locked and their valuables out of sight. Despite renewed calls to secure vehicles, opportunist thieves are managing to break into cars because they have been left insecure.

“It is very important, especially during the summer months, to check your doors and windows have been locked at all times.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 for Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.