BEAT bobbies discovered 50 cars at risk of being targeted by thieves in just 30 minutes.
Officers in the Lower Valley were on the look out for vehicles which they believed were easy targets to a potential thief.
And patrols throughout the Lower Valley – Brighouse, Rastrick and Elland – found 50 vehicles in half an hour which were unlocked or had cheque books, laptops or bags on show.
Chief Superintendent Alan Ford is encouraging motorists to make sure their vehicles are not tempting to a thief.
He said theft, particularly from cars, typically increases in the summer months.
“It is very easy to significantly reduce the chances of being a victim of theft. All you have to do is follow some simple rules,’’ he said.
“These are as simple as always locking your car and removing valuables from the vehicle.
“Why advertise expensive goods such as sat navs, mobile phones and wallets to thieves? All you need to do is take them indoors with you.
“And the same applies to your house.
“It literally takes seconds for a thief to either break into a car or sneak through an unlocked front door.
“But the chances of them bothering if there is nothing on show in the car for them to steal or the front door is locked are far slimmer.
“Thieves want an easy a life as possible – please don’t help them.”
During the patrol, 35 vehicles had their sunroofs open, a cheque book was on show in another, while sat navs, laptops, several handbags, briefcases, coins and sunglasses were visible in other vehicles.
Chief Supt Ford added: “All it takes is literally a few seconds for a car thief to be in and out of a car and escape clutching your treasured goods.
“The officers spoke where possible to the owners of the vehicles to let them know what we had found. One man was particularly surprised when we told him who he banked with.”
Calderdale police operate a so-called “Capture Car” scheme where they leave fake high end goods on display.
If a thief attempts to steal them they are caught by the onboard state-of-the-art camera system and sprayed with invisible Smart Water.
The water, which remains on clothes, hair and skin for up to a month, is then visible under a UV light.
Some items also contain tracking devices so if they are taken then police can follow them to their new home.
Car crime is something police throughout West Yorkshire Police have vowed to cut down on over summer, anyone with information about the culprits is asked to contact police on 0845 6060606.