POLICE have called on drivers to make every effort to protect their property.
The calls for caution came following a number of reports in the past two weeks of items being stolen from unlocked or unattended vehicles.
A spokesman for the police said, “We have had reports over the past week or two of valuable items being stolen from unlocked / unattended vehicles in the town and also tools being stolen from vans that have been broken into.
“These are ongoing investigations with regards to identifying suspects but I just thought it would be a timely reminder to reiterate to your friends and relatives about being safe rather than sorry when in your vehicle and out shopping.”
The spokesman urged locals not to leave any valuables in sight within a car, or to remove valuables from the vehicle if possible.
Earlier in the year PSNI had urged those visiting local beauty spots to take caution in leaving valuables on display in their vehicles after thieves targeted cars parked near walking trails.
Cars had been targeted at the Marble Arch and Castle Caldwell areas and valuables had been taken. Following this police appealed for information.
In recent months police have stepped up patrols around such car parks in the county. This involved speaking with locals and distributing flyers with safety advice.
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