Thieves targeting parked cars

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Derry drivers are being warned not to leave valuables in their cars amid a rise in the number of thefts from vehicles.

Police figures show theft from cars is on the rise in Derry - increasing by around 50% in the last nine months of last year.

In recent weeks, the PSNI’s Foyle City West Neighbourhood Policing Team has stepped up patrols in the Ballymagroarty, Hazelbank and Foyle Springs areas following an increase in reports of items both from cars and garden sheds.

A PSNI spokeswoman urged residents to be vigilant and take appropriate steps to protect their property.

“This includes not leaving valuables lying in cars, ensuring garden sheds are properly secured and keeping doors and windows closed and locked.

“If you do see strangers in the area or unknown cars take a note of any relevant details and pass that information to police immediately,” she says.

Police figures show that between April and December of last year a total of 164 thefts from cars were reported to the PSNI in Foyle - that’s an increase of 46% on the same time period in 2010.

Anyone who would like further advice on security measures can contact the PSNI’s local Crime Prevention Officer or a member of the Neighbourhood Team directly on 0845 600 8000