Police issue car theft warning to Stoke-on-Trent motorists

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Today (15 May), Staffordshire Police issued a warning to drivers in the Stoke-on-Trent area following an increase in the number of car theft reports. 

The police have warned motorists to be extra careful when leaving cars parked in public places. 

Specifically, they’ve recommended that motorists should double-check that windows, doors, and sunroofs are locked. Items of value should be either taken out of the car or left out of sight. Additionally, motorists should park in front of a CCTV camera whenever possible. 

This comes after a report of a stolen bag from a delivery van in Hanley on Friday (10 May) and money being stolen from a car in Tunstall on Saturday (11 May). 

Several reports were also made on Saturday about a man breaking into a car on Hawes Street in Tunstall. A 21-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested and released on conditional bail in relation to the incident. 

Chief inspector Scott McGrath stated: “We are aware of a number of reports of theft from vehicles around Stoke-on-Trent”.

He continued: “with warmer weather on the horizon, it can be tempting to leave windows ajar to let in fresh air but it’s important you keep windows and doors locked when you’re not in the vehicle, even if you’re away for a brief period of time.”

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