CREWE Police are renewing their appeal for residents to keep their cars secure following an increase in thefts from cars and vans over recent weeks, particularly in the Coppenhall and Leighton areas.

The offences have all occurred when car owners have failed to properly secure their vehicles – either by leaving the doors unlocked or windows open.

Inspector Christian Watkins, who heads up Crewe Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “It is vitally important to have an awareness of your home and vehicle security so criminals don't exploit the opportunity of an open door or window to steal your belongings.

“When leaving your car, even if you’re parked on your own driveway or outside your home - take a minute to double check it is fully secure.

“Do not leave valuables or equipment on display in your car - take valuables with you or lock them away. Even a pair of sunglasses can be appealing to a would-be thief.”

Residents are being reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police. If you have any information in relation to car crime, or see anyone acting suspiciously, call Cheshire Police on 101.