Police issue warning as sat nav thefts soar

PUBLISHED: 07:26 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 24 May 2010

DEMAND for the latest motoring gadget is fuelling a wave of car break-ins in Weston town centre. Police are reporting a steep rise in thefts of expensive satellite navigation systems from vehicles across the whole of North Somerset. Thieves target vehicle

DEMAND for the latest motoring gadget is fuelling a wave of car break-ins in Weston town centre.Police are reporting a steep rise in thefts of expensive satellite navigation systems from vehicles across the whole of North Somerset.Thieves target vehicles after spotting cradles, stickers and even sucker marks on windows associated with the gadget, which cost from £200-500 to buy.Police do not want to say how much the kits fetch on the black market, but said the thieves responsible are generally drug addicts.Superintendent Julian Moss said: "There's been a dramatic increase in thefts of sat navs, particularly around central Weston. "I want to send a message to the people of Weston that, yes, I recognise that the police haven't always been as good as we can about catching criminals. I'm determined to improve the investigation of these kind of offences, but I need the people of Weston to listen to this message."We are finding far too many cases where sat navs are being left in vehicles. People have got to take them out of the vehicle altogether, not just put them in the glove compartment or boot."I want children to remind their parents over the breakfast table. I want people of Weston to really take note, because I'm desperate for people not to be victims of this kind of crime."The force has printed its crime-busting message on sachets of sugar which are being supplied to cafes across town.

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