CREWE Police are renewing their appeal for residents to keep their vehicles secure following an increase in thefts from cars and vans in the town over the last two weeks.

Officers have also warned against drivers leaving windows open during spells of warm weather.

Inspector Christian Watkins said: “What is particularly frustrating is that 80 per cent the offences have taken place when car owners have failed to secure their vehicles – either by leaving the doors unlocked or windows open.

“During the current warm weather, car owners may be tempted to leave windows open for ventilation.

“My advice is simple – protect your car from opportunist thieves who in these circumstances are presented with ample opportunity to rifle through your car or van for valuables such as phones, cash, and sat-nav systems.”

Sergeant Dave Levins offered practical advice to car owners.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“I would also remind car owners that it is often the case that insurance policies do not offer recompense in cases where owners have failed to take reasonable steps to protect their property”.

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.