POLICE are warning the owners of Volkswagen vehicles with built in sat navs to be vigilant after a number of cars were broken into and had their sat navs stolen.
Since the start of December, 10 cars in Atherton, Hindley Green, Leigh and Lowton have been broken into. On each occasion, the offender has smashed the window of the vehicle before then removing the built in sat nav from its console.
All of the thefts have taken place between the hours of 6pm and 6am, with a large number of them taking place between 9pm and 10pm.
Police are now warning anyone who owns a Volkswagen, of any model, which has a built in sat nav, to be careful where they park their car. Park in secure, well lit areas where possible and set any security devices such as locks and alarms which may deter would be offenders.
PC James Mitchell said: “These are obviously targeted attacks by an offender who seems to have a fairly decent knowledge of how sat navs are built in to these particular vehicles.
“As with any theft, these incidents have left the owners of the vehicles feeling very distressed, which is completely understandable, and we are working very hard to try and track down the offender.
“We would like to urge, not only Volkswagen owners, but all vehicle owners to be vigilant and careful about where you leave your car, what you leave inside your car and also how secure it is.”
Anybody who wishes to report a crime should contact the police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, 0800 555 11.