New warning over thefts from parked cars

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Police are warning drivers to keep an eye out for thieves following a spate of thefts from cars 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 the Wealden area, say police.

It some cases, police believe that drivers are concealing items while being watched by thieves.

Police are therefore advising people to remain vigilant and to carry out ‘the three Cs’:

l Clear valuables and personal belongings from the vehicle, and take them with you;

l Click your remote key fob to lock and secure the vehicle;

l Check that you have followed these steps to make sure the vehicle is secure.

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.