Police warn that thefts from motor vehicles often increase at this time of year leading up to the festive period. Many criminals are tempted by items (both large and small) being left on display in vehicles that are unattended. If possible you are advised not to leave anything on display, whether it is coins for the car park, shopping, a spare coat for inclement weather, work tools or paperwork – unfortunately it is all tempting to the criminal.

Even if they do not steal anything of value, there is the inconvenience and expense of reparations to your vehicle.

Always make sure that vehicle windows and doors are kept secure whenever unattended, even when leaving a vehicle open/unlocked when unattended for a short time.

Keep car keys in a safe placed at home – away from windows and doors, preferably in a locked cupboard or cabinet.