Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning to sat nav owners to help them avoid becoming the victim of crime.
Residents have been advised that a few simple steps can help keep their belongings safe from the thieves;
Crime Reduction Advisor, Jackie Bell said:
In many of these cases a satellite navigation system has been taken. Thieves are breaking into the cars to search the glove box and see whether any items of value have been left.
Leaving sat nav cradles and sucker marks on display is the biggest giveaway that there is something of value in the vehicle.
Our advice is simple, by removing any trace of the sat nav system such as the cradle and sucker marks from the window and by removing valuables or personal items from the vehicle you are less likely to become a victim of vehicle crime.
Drivers should also park their vehicle in a locked garage where possible or leave it in a well-lit area as close to their home as possible. Using a steering lock and securing alloy wheels with locking nuts are also good deterrents.
Other crime prevention tips include marking valuables with your postcode and vehicle registration number, and writing down the make, model and serial number of any items likely to tempt thieves. Drivers are also encouraged to register their valuable items on the Immobilise website (www.immobilise.com).
To report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit www.gmp.police.uk.
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