POLICE checking parked cars in Wath were stunned to find 14 unlocked—including one with expensive golf clubs and a laptop in the boot.
Officers have warned motorists to “lock it or lose it”, and keep valuable items hidden to deter thieves.
But despite repeated reminders, more than a third of car crime this month related to unlocked vehicles.
Thieves are currently targeting cars in Wath, Bramley, Aston and Swallownest. So the Wentworth North SNT patrolled Wath on Monday night , checking cars parked on the streets.
They visited the owners of unlocked cars to give crime reduction advice, but Temporary Chf Supt Richard Tweed said the message was simple.
He added: “Officers will be out in these key areas during the evenings and early mornings delivering crime reduction leaflets and trying car doors, checking to see who has left their vehicles unlocked or valuable items on show.
Anyone who has left their car or van unlocked may find an officer knocking at their door, whatever the time of day or night, reminding them of the need to keep their vehicle secure.
“With support from the communities and information provided to Crimestoppers, officers are continuing to tackle thefts from and of motor vehicles.
“However, it is not unreasonable to ask Rotherham residents to ensure that they always lock their cars and vans when leaving them unattended and take out any valuable items which would be left on view to passers-by.”
The majority of motor vehicle crime takes place during the night when a car or van has been left parked out on the street.
For further information about police activity in your area visit www.southyorks.police.uk and enter your postcode.