Merseyside Police are warning Wirral drivers to be on the lookout for car crime crooks.
The force is offering safety advice to motorists across the borough after a spate of incidents in which unattended vehicles have been broken into and property stolen.
Crime prevention officer for Wirral, Cons Keith Winstanley, said: "In an alarmingly high number of these cases, car owners have omitted to lock their vehicle allowing the thieves to simply open a door and steal valuables with little effort.
Constable Winstanley said following his advice may prevent you from becoming a crime victim:
Try to avoid parking your vehicle in quiet side roads where thieves are able to act unobserved; always ensure all doors and windows are secured.
Never leave goods, clothing or even empty carrier bags or containers in the car.
Take all your belongings with you, or if you cant, lock them in the boot. Mobile phones, Sat Navs and credit cards are often stolen from glove boxes.
Car owners should also beware of leaving their vehicle unattended with the engine running, when defrosting their windscreens in the mornings during a cold snap. Not only is it an offence to leave their car unattended with the engine running on a road, it also voids insurance should it be stolen. THE GLOBE