BRAZEN thieves are causing big problems with car thefts.
They are targeting cars parked in areas of Huddersfield and have got away with property in more than 30 incidents.
And the frustrating thing for the police is that many of the vehicles that are targeted are chosen because people leave items on view.
In some cases, they have left their cars parked outside their homes instead of locking them away in a garage.
If you are fortunate enough to have a garage, use it for your car.
People have cars on their driveways worth many thousands of pounds but junk in the garage worth only a few quid. Think about it!
The problems started early in September and since then, we have had at least 30 crimes reported to us.
The thieves are stealing property including handbags, rucksacks, holdalls, briefcases and laptop computers.
Some of the cars have been left unlocked; others have their windows smashed by stones.
Most of the offences are being carried out in the evenings and they have been committed in a number of areas – including Edgerton, Marsh, Lindley and Salendine Nook.
In once incident, a thief brazenly opened an unlocked door to steal a bag while the car driver’s sister was sitting waiting in the rear seat.
In addition to the problems caused by the thefts themselves, we are also getting reports that the criminals are using stolen bank cards to get money out of cash machines.
We have descriptions of some of the suspects who have been spotted.
In Lawrence Road, Marsh, two thieves smashed a car window with a stone and stole a handbag. Both were white, aged about 18 or 19, and wore hoodies. One had a dark hoodie with thin red stripes while the other had dark trousers.
There was also an incident in Regent Road, Edgerton, where a man stole a handbag. He was white and skinny and wore dark clothing.
In Somerset Road, Almondbury, a mixed race male with a shaved head stole a bag after smashing a window. He was 6ft 6in tall and wore black clothing and trainers.
We also want to trace a thief who struck in Malvern Road, Newsome. He took a briefcase after breaking a window. The suspect was white, about 5ft 5in tall and aged about 20. He was of skinny build and wore a black beanie-style hat with two white bands.
Anyone who can help us put an end to this spate of thefts should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.