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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Police warning after thieves target parked cars

Police have issued a warning after thieves targeted insecure cars in an area of Cumbria.

The thefts from parked cars - most of them unlocked - have been reported in recent days at various locations in the Cockermouth area.

Most were targeted overnight.

"It's believed that offences in High Brigham, Papcastle, and Cockermouth itself may all be linked," said a police spokeswoman.

"Police would like to ask the public to report any sightings of suspicious person who may be responsible for this.

"If you saw any potential suspects in those areas on Sunday night into Sunday morning, please call the police.

"If you see anyone who looks out of place, or is possibly paying attention to parked cars, or even trying door handles, call 999 immediately."

Officers are urging the public to avoid leaving any valuable items - including money and mobile phones - on show in their vehicle. They should also double check that their car is locked by trying the handle.

The spokeswoman added that if you do those things, the chances are that you will not be targeted.

Anybody who can help police trace the thief, or thieves, should contact Cumbria police on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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