Police warning following recent increase in vehicle thefts

Over recent weeks, police have seen an increase in the number of car thefts in the Wilmslow and Alderley Edge areas.

Officers have launched an operation tackle the issues and are currently following several lines of enquiry, they are also working with neighbouring forces and partner agencies.

A number of models have been targeted, including Mercedes, BMWs, Volkswagen's and Audi's.

Offenders have been stealing insecure vehicles as well as breaking into homes and stealing car keys from within.

Detective Constable Andy Street said: "I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to trace those responsible and bring them to justice.

"While we are doing our upmost to stop these offences and apprehend the offenders, I would also urge the local community to play their part and follow our advice on how to best protect their homes and vehicles."

Here are some steps that residents can take to reduce the chances of vehicles being stolen:

• Make sure that your vehicle is locked whenever you are not in it and that you have not left any doors, windows or the sunroof open.
• Lock gates to deter offenders getting to the rear of your property.
• Where feasible install CCTV.
• Ensure your windows and doors are secure at all times.
• Keep your keys secure and don't leave them on display next to windows and doors.
• Never leave valuables on display in your vehicle.
• If you have electronic car keys, keep them in a security pouch when you are not using them to prevent them from being scanned by thieves to open and steal your vehicle nearby
• If your keyless entry fob can be turned off, and your dealer can confirm this, then do so overnight
• Fitting a Sold Secure steering wheel, gear lever or clutch pedal security device can give your vehicle added protection and deter thieves

Anyone with any information in relation to the thefts, no matter how small, is urged to get in touch on 101 or www.cheshire.police.uk/tua.

Information can also be reported to Cheshire Police online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously