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Police Issue Warning on Sat Nav Thefts in Pemberton
Tuesday 25th November, 2008

Motorists in Pemberton are being warned not to leave satellite navigation devices (sat navs) on display in unattended cars.

In the last two weeks, six sat navs have been stolen from vehicles in the Pemberton and Kitt Green areas.

Inspector Peter Clarke of the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: My officers are working extremely hard to combat this issue and have had some recent success in targeting offenders. However, the public also need to play their part to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

"We need people who own sat navs to understand this very simple message do not leave them, or any other valuables, in your vehicle while its unattended as they are easy for criminals to spot and remove.

"Motorists should also remove the sat nav support cradle and make sure they wipe away any suction marks left on the windscreen or dashboard, as thieves will look out for these. Finally, I would urge the public to help us by reporting all suspicious activity as soon as possible.

Other crime prevention tips include marking valuables with your postcode and vehicle registration number and writing down the make, model and serial number of any items likely to tempt thieves.

Property-marking pens are available from the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 7188 or pemberton.apt@gmp.police.uk

To report vehicle crime or names of people involved, call police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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