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Help police drive down vehicle crime

Police are issuing a warning to motorists to remove valuable items from their cars following a spate of vehicle crime in Withington, Didsbury and Ladybarn.

Between 6 January and 6 February 2012, 46 cars were broken into and in 40 per cent of these, items had been left on display.

Items taken include sat navs, handbags and coats.

Patrols in hotspot areas have been stepped up but the police are asking for the public’s help to make life harder for thieves.

PCSO Gary Logan from the Didsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We know that thieves walk around looking into cars so you can greatly reduce the chance of having your car broken into by removing temptation.

“Take anything valuable with you or, if this isn’t possible ensure that they are not left on view. Leave your glove box open too so that thieves can see for themselves that there is nothing in there.

“If you spot anything suspicious or see anybody looking into cars, please call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

To contact the Didsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 4973 or email didsbury.apt@gmp.police.uk.

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