Hailsham Police are warning motorists to be on their guard after an increase in car break-ins over the last week.
More than 14 were broken into and many of those were in Hailsham.
Police say in all the cases the vehicles had been left unlocked by the owners and mainly small change and small items were taken.
Chief Inspector Dick Coates in Hailsham said, “Vehicle owners are being urged to lock vehicles when leaving them unattended and to remove all valuables from view or from the vehicle. We would urge all motorists to follow some simple advice.
“Each of these crimes has been committed on insecure vehicles. Every one of these breaks could have been prevented just by locking the car. I would urge all owners to lock and check your car as well as removing all valuable items from view. Remember even a few pounds left in a car can become a temptation to thieves.”
Police say motorists should lock the doors and close the windows when you leave your car, however long you are leaving it for; when parking at home, always use your garage if you have one and lock both your vehicle and your garage and if you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, open place; when parking outside, always try to park your car in an attended car park and look for a public car park which is part of the police approved Park Mark scheme and displays the Park Mark brand.
In addition officers are warning people not to leave anything on display, remove the stereo if you can, don’t keep valuables or important documents in the glove box, tuck in wing mirrors and put the aerial down to discourage vandals, never store your car’s documents in the car, a Thatcham-approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles, have the windows etched with the car’s vehicle registration number (VRN) and make a note of its chassis number and finally keep car keys in a safe place so that someone breaking-in cannot steal your car too.