Cars targeted by opportunist thieves

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Four cars have been targeted by thieves in Browns Wood over the weekend.

All four incidents took place in Gershwin Court between 3pm on Saturday and 10am yesterday when offenders searched a blue Peugeot 307 stealing a black Garmin Nuvi 1390 T satellite navigator; a blue Saab 93 stealing a Garmin Nuvi satellite navigator; a grey Ford Focus stealing a Navman Mio satellite navigator, £15 in cash and a red/black Coca-Cola bag with a Vancouver Olympics logo.

Offenders also searched a black Audi A4, however, nothing was stolen. It is unclear at this stage how offenders gained entry to the vehicles.

Thames Valley Police is asking motorists to make it tough for the opportunist thief and cut down on the amount of thefts from cars by ensuring their vehicles are locked and windows secured, and that any valuable items are not left in the car.

PC Sarah Nash, of Local CID Milton Keynes, said: “Often people invite thieves to take an interest in their vehicle by leaving valuable items on view. Thieves also know that people leave satellite navigators, laptops and bags in the boots of their cars so it’s not safe to leave anything valuable in your car.

“I urge anyone who may have been a victim of vehicle crime or may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area to report it as soon as possible.

“Unfortunately the majority of equipment is not easily traceable if recovered by police as there is nothing to identify it to the rightful owner. We strongly advise that equipment is visibly and permanently marked with these details by etching or engraving your details onto it. Property marking also acts as a deterrent to thieves who have to cause permanent damage to remove the marking, making it difficult to sell these items on.

“I would urge people to take notes of any serial numbers of electrical items, as this helps in tracing and identifying the stolen property.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to warn anyone who is offered cheap satellite navigators for sale not to buy them as they may be stolen and that handling stolen goods is not only a criminal offence, but it also fuels the demand and increases crime.”

Any witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.