Warning – Thieves could be watching drivers hide items before leaving cars

Police are urging motorists to remain vigilant following a spate of thefts from vehicles parked on Ashdown Forest.

Officers have received several recent reports of vehicles having been broken into while left unattended at car parks on the forest, and at other beauty spots in Wealden.

It some cases, it is believed that drivers are concealing items while under observation of the offender.

Police are therefore advising individuals to remain vigilant and to carry out the three Cs:

  • Clear valuables and personal belongings from the vehicle, and take them with you;
  • Click your remote key fob to lock and secure the vehicle;
  • Check that you have followed these steps to make sure the vehicle is secure.

It is hoped that by following these three simple steps, the number of offences – and the number of victims – will be reduced.

Inspector Tony Wakefield said: “It is important for individuals to be aware of these sorts of crimes that are currently taking place within the various beauty spots in Sussex.

“We would urge people to contact us whenever they see or hear anything suspicious. Working together, we can stop these criminals from being successful.”

Police are also reminding car owners that while the sun is out, so are thieves.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

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