Motorists are being reminded to ensure their vehicles are locked and their alarms switched on following a spate of thefts from cars in Bedford.
People are also being urged to ensure all personal items are removed from their parked vehicles.
There has been a peak in thefts from cars in the De Parys, Harpur, Poets, Black Tom, Midland Road, town centre and Castle areas.
Additional police patrols are being put on in these areas in a bid to deter theives.
PC Karen Jarman said: “Even if they park their vehicle on a driveway or outside their home, drivers should always ensure their vehicles are locked and any valuables are removed from their vehicle.
“Items that are being taken include iPads, small change, Sat Navs, cigarettes and small items that may seem of little or no value.
“If drivers have an alarm or immobiliser they should ensure these are switched on.
“Anyone who hears a car alarm or sees anybody acting suspiciously near vehicles should call 999 to report it immediately.
“If your vehicle has been broken into or even if it’s been entered because you forgot to lock it, please contact the police using 101 so we can be aware of the scale of the problem. There may also be some evidence we can gather to help catch the perpetrator.” Anyone with information about thefts from vehicles in Bedford should call 101 or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.