Greater Manchester Police crackdown on car crime in the city

Motorists in Manchester are being urged to be extra vigilant after a spate of car crime in the city.

Six cars were broken into in just one weekend in Salford between June 24 and June 27. A further five cars were vandalised during the crime wave.

City police have stepped up patrols in response to the incidents.

Hannah Caulfield, 23, had her Peugeot 306 broken into at around 10pm on Saturday, June 25. 

“I had only left my car unattended for about an hour while I visited a friend in Langworthy, but when I returned to the car the back window had been smashed.

“My brand new stereo had been stolen and there was glass everywhere.

“As a woman alone late at night, the whole thing was particularly unnerving.”

With third party only insurance, it cost Miss Caulfield around £250 to get a new stereo and have the window replaced.

She added: “The hassle of it all was so frustrating.

“How much is a second hand stereo even worth these days?

“It makes you realise how careful you have to be – I will never leave any valuables on show again, even if I am only leaving the car for an hour.”

Police have offered advice to motorists on how to avoid being made a target and are appealing for witnesses. 

Crime Reduction Advisor Glyn Wood said: “I’m urging residents to take extra care when leaving their vehicle.

“Always park in well lit busy streets and avoid leaving your car in areas where there is evidence of broken windscreens on the road.

“Check that you have locked your windows and doors and take all valuables with you.”

If you have any information on the crimes or see anything suspicious, contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050.

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