DRIVERS are being urged to be more vigilant after a spate of vehicle break-ins over the last month in Hucknall.
One car per day, on average, is being targeted in the town, particularly in the council wards of Hucknall Central and Hucknall East.
Several break-ins happened on Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, between 10 pm and 7 am, in the Derbyshire Lane and Central Avenue area.
Now police have launched ‘Operation Divot’ in a bid to crack down on the mini-crimewave.
The operation involves special patrols by one police car on the outskirts of town and another around town-centre hotspots.
Officers are also urging motorists to be on their guard and not to leave valuable items on display in their vehicles.
Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “It is still surprising what people leave in their cars.
“There are the obvious things like satellite-navigation systems, but also wallets and purses and even laptop computers.
“A mixture of things have been stolen but we are often dealing with high-value items.
“There seems to be a pattern of break-ins on Thursday and Friday nights.
“Drivers need to make sure they are not making things easy for criminals.”
Despite the increase in autocrime, Hucknall Central has one of the lowest rates in the entire county over the last year.
Anyone with information on the break-ins or who has been approached by crooks selling items such as sat-nav systems, should call the police on the non-emergency number, 101.
Alternatively, ring the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.