Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has warned motorists against leaving valuables and Christmas presents in the lead up to the festive period.
Colr. Kelly urged people to use common sense when out and about during the Christmas holidays as would-be thieves will cease upon any opportunity.
“The next couple of weeks will be very busy with people out and about doing their Christmas shopping in Derry,” he said.
“It’s also a time when criminals see it as an opportunity to target parked cars for smash and grab thefts. Particularly in dark side streets or badly lit car parks where there are not many people about.”
He added: “People will often leave presents or belongings sitting on seats to go into shops or cafes and think it will be ok to leave it for a few moments. I would urge everyone to take precautions and lock any valuables in the boot of their car. It’s better to take those extra few moments for security than let someone’s Christmas be ruined.”