Members of the public are being reminded to keep their valuables out of sight and under lock and key, following a spate of thefts in the Gaer and Alt-Yr-Yn areas of Newport.
Gwent Police received reports of seven thefts from motor vehicles and eight shed break-ins during the fortnight of Wednesday, 6th June, through to Wednesday, June 20th alone.
Officers are urging all residents to make sure they check and double check their car and shed doors to make sure they are locked, and that no valuables are left in plain view.
Here are some top tips to help you avoid being a victim:
- Remove everything from your car; don't even leave a jacket where it can be seen
- Close the sunroof along with the windows when you leave
- Do not store items in the boot; take them with you
- Remove any expensive equipment including sat navs, unless they are built in
- Think about where you park
- Always lock your shed door and hide keys from view - never leave keys hidden such as under a mat or flower pot
- Consider covering windows in sheds to hide belongings from the prying eyes of would-be burglars
- Always use a secure padlock on your shed and consider an alarm or security light
- If you're storing expensive items like bikes in your shed, secure the bikes inside - either using a chain to secure them to other bulky items, or secure them to the wall or floor with a lock.
We would encourage anyone to report any suspicious behaviour by calling Gwent Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.