Eastbourne police are warning people not to leave high-value items on display when parking their cars around the town.
Officers have noticed laptop computers, cameras and mobile phones left on seats and consoles and fear they are an open invitation to opportunist thieves.
A police spokesperson added, “Even more worrying has been the number of times patrols have discovered vehicles left unlocked by owners, possibly distracted by holiday fun.
“And around town and on the beach people have been noticed leaving bags open or unattended with purses, mobiles and other valuables clearly visible.”
Inspector Rachel Barrow, of the Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, added, “Let’s take away these opportunities for thieves to strike and ruin your day.
“Please ensure you keep your valuables safe and secure at all times, and if you have to leave such items in cars, make sure they are hidden away from view.
“When leaving your vehicle, remember the three Cs - close it, click it, check it. Close all doors and windows, click the locks and check it to be doubly sure.”
Anyone noticing suspicious activity or requiring crime prevention advice should email email@example.com or phone 101. Call 999 in emergency.
Alternatively, it’s possible to leave information with the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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