POLICE have seen an increase in the number of theft from motor vehicle offences being reported over the past few weeks.

North Wales Police said “a significant number” of incidents involved unlocked cars and valuable items being left on display which encourages thieves to break in.

Sergeant Beth Jones from Central Community Safety said: “We have seen a rise of theft from vehicles crimes, particularly in the Prestatyn area. A significant number of these reported crimes have involved either unlocked vehicles, items on display inside the vehicle or a combination of both, with the majority of these offences taking place overnight.”

Sgt Jones said there is typically an increase in such thefts over the Christmas period as many people buy expensive presents.

“We do see these reports increase at this time of year with Christmas shopping in full swing," Sgt Jones said. "But stop and think how would you feel if the special present you had bought for Christmas was stolen? How would you get to work if your car window had been smashed to steel your laptop and cash?"

North Wales Police's Big Easy campaign launched in April to get members of the public to introduce safety measures into their own routines and practices to make theft more difficult for criminals.

"We are not trying to alarm people but we want to tell you what is actually happening in your communities so you can make changes and don’t make it Easy!” Sgt Jones added.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously call police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or use the live webchat https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support