POLICE and officials are urging car owners not to give thieves an easy ride.
A new campaign to highlight thefts of valuable goods from cars aims to slash crime figures.
Reported thefts from vehicles dropped by 15% to 5,567 across Kirklees between 2003 and 2004, compared to the previous year's figures.
Simon Massey, manager of Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership, said: "We have put a lot of crime-reduction methods in place to combat this type of crime.
"But we still need the public to safeguard their own valuables.
"Car thieves will grab anything they see. It only takes seconds for them to make someone a victim."
Mr Massey said thieves looked out for CDs, mobile phones, sunglasses, purses and wallets.
But cars had also been broken into for clothing, petrol and even loose change to be stolen.
For more information contact the partnership on 01484 226930 or log on to www.secureyourmotor. gov.uk or www.saferparking.com