CAR crime continues to pose a major problem for the police.
Yet despite repeated warnings, people continue to make life easy for thieves by leaving valuable items on show.
A £1,500 laptop computer had been left in a van parked in an alleyway alongside the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Queen Street in Huddersfield town centre on Tuesday evening.
At around 7.30pm a thief smashed a window with a large piece of concrete, grabbed the computer and fled.
He is white, about 6ft 3in tall and skinny, with facial stubble.
He wore a black quilted jacket with the hood up, a white top and black jeans.
Six toy air rifles, three ballbearing handguns and tobacco worth £200 were stolen from a van on Vernon Avenue in Edgerton last Saturday night.
A £200 camera was taken by thieves who broke a window on a silver Vauxhall Vectra car on Browning Road, Deighton, at 5.20pm on Thursday, November 16.
The thieves were two white boys aged about 13 who wore tracksuits.
Meanwhile, some thieves are just vindictive.
Offenders who broke into a car on Flugel Way in Lindley on Monday night stole nothing, but left three bad scratches on the car - two on the bonnet and one on the driver's door.
Russ says: "It takes just seconds for thieves to strike and they will take any opportunity to do so. They don't care how much damage they cause."
There is some good news, though.
A 17-year-old has admitted he slashed tyres of cars on Newsome Road on Bonfire Night.
Also, a 26-year-old woman has admitted two purse-dipping thefts in Huddersfield town centre - another major crime problem in the run-up to Christmas.
Polish woman Ramona Markowska - who is living in Bradford - admitted two purse thefts on October 31 when she appeared before Huddersfield magistrates on Wednesday.
She will be sentenced in mid-December.