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Cumbria Police urge Longtown residents to be vigilant following car thefts

Cumbria Police are urging people to lock their cars, even if they only leave it for a few seconds Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are urging residents in Longtown to be vigilant, following a number of recent thefts from vehicles in the area.

Between 28th April and 3rd May, police say they have received six reports of thefts and want to ensure people lock their doors and windows to help prevent further incidents.

Vehicles can be seen as an easy target for criminals as cars may have items left in glove compartments or in boots and some people leave tools in vans overnight.

As well as locking doors and windows being locked, making sure nothing of value is left in your car or van overnight is a simple, but effective, method of ensuring your possessions aren’t stolen.

Also consider where you are parking your vehicle. Criminals tend to operate in quieter areas where visibility is reduced. If you have a garage use it, if you don’t ensure alarms and immobilisers are set.

It only takes seconds for someone to come along and open the door and make off with your belongings.

– Sergeant Scott Adams

Police have uploaded security advice on their website and are calling for anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch.