Newry police urge vigilance after two car thefts

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Monday, December 9th, 2013
Police in Newry are reminding motorists to secure their vehicles and remove all valuables following two thefts from cars on Thursday, 5th December. At approximately 8.15pm on Thursday, 5th December a silver Mercedes jeep was broken into at Damolly Retail Park. Police are keen to speak to the occupants of a blue hatchback car, seen in the area and also any person who may have noticed a burgundy Fiat vehicle bearing Southern registration plates 02-D-61290. In the second incident a car, parking at Karting premises in Greenbank Industrial Estate, was broken into around 9.05pm. Police are also keen to hear from anyone who may have observed a number of males in the area who left in a burgundy Fiat, registration 02-D-61290. Police in Newry can be contacted on 0845 600 8000. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police are also reminding the public that thieves are opportunistic and unattended cars can often look like an attractive prospect to criminals. “We do not want anyone to fall prey to this type of crime and would urge all motorists to take steps to protect your car and valuables,” a PSNI Spokesman said. “Don’t make it easy for thieves – remove all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, CD players, laptops, Sat Navs and phones from view. Lock valuable items in the boot and remove the face plate from your in-car stereo system. “In a number of these incidents the thief is going straight for the glove box so avoid storing your valuables here – where possible, keep your wallet, purse, cash or phone on your person. “Ensure your vehicle is locked and all windows and sun roofs secure. Improving your car’s security features such as alarms, prominent VIN number markings, immobilisers and tracking devices can also help protect your vehicle. He added, “It only takes a matter of seconds to break into a car so it is vitally important that the public promptly report any suspicious activity they notice near vehicles or when a car alarm has been activated. This will help to deter and help us detect those involved in this type of crime.”
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