SKY-HIGH petrol prices have led to an upsurge in fuel thefts from vehicles in Wigan.
Police revealed today that a number of lorries have been targeted in the Pemberton area with cars also broken into for valuables.
The heavy goods vehicles have been hit on the Lamberhead industrial estate with fuel siphoned from tanks.
As previously reported, catalytic convertors and exhausts have also been removed from several vans.
Car owners were today warned to park vehicles in secure locations and not to leave valuables inside after 14 break-ins in the last month across Pemberton town centre and the Redwood estate where sat nav devices and other valuables have been taken.
Police say the offences have mainly been happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings between 7pm and 11pm.
Insp Phil James of the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Tackling vehicle crime in these areas is a real priority for us now, and we are increasing our patrols in hotspot areas around these times.
“Criminals can steal items in a matter of seconds, so we always advise motorists not to leave sat navs or any other valuables in their vehicles. They should also remove sat nav mounting cradles and make sure they wipe away any suction marks left on the windscreen or dashboard, as thieves will look out for these.”
Other crime prevention tips include marking valuables with your postcode and vehicle registration number, and writing down the make, model and serial number of any items likely to tempt thieves.
To contact the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team, call 0161 856 7188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For non-emergency calls or to report crime call police on 0161 872 5050 or for more information visit gmp.police.uk/wigan. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.