Christmas presents stolen from car in Burton


We received a call just before 10am this morning (23 December) reporting a vehicle broken into in Burton-on-Trent.

Offenders broke into the car between 5.45am and 7.45am this morning (Wednesday) while it was parked on the car park at Bannatyne Health Club, Wellington Road and stole Christmas presents, an Acer laptop in a soft cell black case, Chanel Mademoiselle perfume and a set of New Look scarf and gloves.

Entry was possibly gained through the rear of the car as the back seats were pulled down.

Anyone with any information on the incident, or who is offered any such items for sale in suspicious circumstances, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 156 of 23 December.

Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

When you park your car consider the following advice:

Remove all valuables
Don’t give criminals an easy ride – if at all possible take your valuables with you. If this really isn’t possible, it may be worth buying a vehicle boot safe to put items in.

Lock doors and close windows
If your vehicle is not locked or the windows open, it’s like leaving a welcome mat to a thief. However tempting it is – especially when you’re in a hurry – always secure your vehicle.
This applies even if you’re just going to the cash point or to pay for petrol – it can still be long enough for a thief to take your vehicle or any possessions left inside.

Take your sat nav with you.
Remember to remove the cradle and wipe away any sucker marks. Leaving the cradle in place tells the crooks that the sat nav might be in the glove compartment or boot.
Remember to remove the cradle and wipe away any sucker marks. Leaving the cradle in place tells the crooks that the sat nav might be in the glove compartment or boot.

Park in a safe place
If you can, don’t park in an unattended car park, choose somewhere that is light and where members of the public regularly pass. Look to see if there are many escape routes as thieves will also find these attractive.
Parking in busy, well-lit areas, where there is closed circuit television (CCTV ) coverage or at car parks with the safer parking status, Park Mark®, will discourage many thieves from targeting your vehicle.