Police are appealing for drivers to be extra vigilant following a spate of vehicle crimes in a Moorlands village.
Over night on May 16, a total of nine motor vehicle incidents in the Werrington area were reported to Staffordshire Police.
A spokesman for the force said: “Please be aware and make sure all valuables are secure and vehicles are locked.
“Can we please remind residents with some prevention advice to help this not happen to them.”
Drivers can reduce the risk of being a victim to vehicle crime by following some simple advice:
Make sure you have locked your vehicle and your windows are closed too, even for short stops.
Use your garage or park in well-lit, well-populated and overlooked areas.
Remove your valuables. Even bags, jackets, cases and toys have a value to a thief.
Lock possessions away in your boot, but only if you cannot access the boot from the rear seats and you cannot unlock the boot from a switch in the cabin.
Remove loose change from view. Its presence may tip the scales in any decision on whether to attempt to break in.
Remove electronics such as sat-navs. You should also remove any holders or chargers and wipe clear suction cup marks.
Register expensive in-car entertainment systems with ‘Immobilise’.
Keep ID badges on your person as they are attractive to fraudsters.
Do not assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended.
For further crime prevention advice, go online to the Staffordshire Police website.