Windows smashed and bags stolen from two cars in Draperstown

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Police are urging motorists to keep valuables out of sight after reports two cars were broken into in the Draperstown area, windows smashed and two handbags stolen.

The incidents, both reported on October 9, have led police to issue some advice on keeping valuables safe.

Crime Prevention Officer, Sheila Henderson said: “This is a very distressing crime. In general, I would encourage everyone to think about vehicle security. Keep your vehicle locked at all times.

“Leaving valuables, such as your handbag, wallet, CD player, laptop, Sat Nav or phone on view in your vehicle is like an open invitation to opportunist thieves. If they see something valuable on view, they will find a way to get it. You only have to leave your vehicle for a short time for a thief to act.

“Taking simple precautions such as locking valuable items out of sight can help ensure they will be kept safe. Taking just a few moments can significantly improve your chances of not becoming a victim of this type of crime.

“Improved car security features such as alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle and your valuables.

“As it only takes a matter of seconds to break into a car, we would also urge everyone to promptly report all suspicious activity they notice near vehicles or car alarms that have been activated, as this will help to deter and help us to detect those involved in this type of crime.

“If anyone has any information on these incidents please contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”