Warning sparked after cars stolen

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Police in the Upper Valley area of Calderdale are appealing for owners of 4x4 vehicles to secure their vehicles to reduce their chances of them being stolen.

Officers are urging owners to keep their vehicles locked and, where possible, locked in a secure garage when they are not in use.

If an alarm is fitted then make sure it is turned on.

And officers are doing their bit - by continuing to speak to local owners to ensure they are carrying out the basic precautions.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Minton of Calderdale CID, said: “In rural areas in particular, 4x4 vehicles can play a very important role in daily business - especially in the months when there is more of a risk from snow and ice.

“We are urging owners to take extra care and for people to work with us and to report any thefts or any suspicions they have.

“There are additional safety measures people can consider - for example steering locks and tracking devices.”

There have recently been three thefts of 4x4 vehicles in the Upper Valley area.

The first was on Windsor View, Hebden Bridge and happened between 4.30pm on Sunday, November 3, and 7am on Monday, November 4.

The second was on Dyson Lane, Ripponden, and happened between 8.30pm on Sunday, November 3, and Monday, November 4, at 6.49am

And the latest incident happened on Monday, November 4, between 00.01am and 08.45am in Widdop near Hebden Bridge.

Officers do not currently believe they are linked.

DCI Minton added: “We are doing all we can to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice and to prevent further thefts - but I cannot understate the importance of people ringing in to report any suspicious activity they see.”

In an emergency always call 999. For non emergency matters call 101 or Crimestopppers on 0800 555111