A SENIOR cop has again pleaded with careless motorists to lock their cars after a spate of thefts from unsecured vehicles.
Inspector Paul Downing told the Mail there have been 21 thefts from cars since the start of the month, with the majority taking place in Horninglow and Stretton.
Small items such as iPods, sunglasses, satnavs, laptops and cash have been taken from the vehicles.
In May, the Mail reported Insp Downing’s plea for thoughtless drivers to remember to secure their cars after a similar spate of thefts.
Now, Insp Downing said the number of thefts is now putting unnecessary pressure on police time and resources.
He told the Mail: “The amount of resources and the time we have to deploy on the investigation makes it a challenge.
“We need the public to help by checking their car in the first place.”
Overnight between September 3 and September 4, items were taken from cars parked in Wyggeston Street, Carlton Street and Beaconsfield Road.
Overnight between September 7 and September 8, cars parked in Clough Drive, Buckingham Close, Seymore Avenue, Britannia Drive, Temple Close and Kingsmead.
Inps Downing said: “Every single one of these is a person believing their car is locked.
“To each of these individuals it is a massive thing when items are taken from their car.
“People think if their car is on the driveway that it’s safe but people are going round and trying to find unsecured cars.
Insp Downing added that extra police patrols would be launched to check for unsecured vehicles.
He said: “We will be checking cars on the driveway to see if they are secure and then we will be knocking on the door if they are not.
“We will also contact insurance companies to find out if people who leave their car open will be covered for theft.”
He added that there is no link between the type of vehicle targeted by the thieves.