Officers in Washwood Heath, Moseley and Kings Heath are reminding motorists to secure their cars after dedicated patrols found cars with valuables left on display.
In Moseley patrolling officers found vehicles with handbags, cameras and wrapped up presents on display. They also found a vehicle with a window open and another car left unlocked.
And a patrol in Washwood Heath found 20 of the 40 parked cars checked with valuable items on display, including a taxi with radio equipment on show.
The officers spoke to motorists while on patrol and are now passing on the following safety advice to the public:
- Close and lock all windows and doors whenever you leave your vehicle.
- Activate the alarm when leaving your vehicle , and if it is not alarmed consider having installed.
- Don’t leave anything on display – even a carrier bag is a temptation for a thief.
- Take all belongings with you when leaving the car. If this is not possible, lock them in the boot.
- Never leave keys in the ignition – even for just a few seconds.
- If you have a garage, use it and lock it.
Detective Inspector Darren Haynes from Birmingham East local policing unit said: “This time it was police that found these vehicles with items on display and offered safety advice to owners, but motorists might not be so lucky next time.
“Potential thieves are always on the lookout, so let’s not make it easy for them.”