‘Sharp’ rise in thefts from cars in Wyre

Motorists have been warned to lock their cars, to protect them from opportunist thieves.
Motorists have been warned to lock their cars, to protect them from opportunist thieves.
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A sharp rise in thefts from cars has sparked a police warning urging residents in Wyre to lock their vehicles.

Officers say a ‘sharp increase’ in incidents has been noticed in recent weeks.

Many of the vehicles have been left unlocked on driveways

Lancashire Police spokesman

Most of the offences have taken place overnight where owners have left their vehicles unsecured.

In several cases, the thief has stolen loose change and purses left on display. On Saturday, valuables were taken from unlocked cars on Edenfield Avenue and Broadfield Avenue, in Poulton, between 1 and 2am.

Three vehicles were targeted on Sandwell Avenue, in Thornton, on December 29 and 30. Two were unlocked cars and the other was broken into through a smashed a window.

An unsecured vehicle was also targeted on Rodean Close, Thornton, overnight on December 28.

Coins left on display in a car on North Promenade, Cleveleys, were taken after the offender smashed a window on the same night.

Registration plates were taken from cars on Clifton Close on December 30 and Beechwood Drive, both in Thornton, on December 28.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “Many of the vehicles have been left unlocked on driveways.

“Lock your cars and don’t leave items of value on display.”