Police are urging people not to give thieves an early Christmas present, as a new crime prevention video is launched on YouTube.
The video, called #HideYourStuff, aims to encourage motorists to think more about security by showing how easily cars can be broken into.
Leaving valuable items on show is a magnet for thieves. The minute-long clip shows an unattended, locked car, where various items, including a handbag, mobile phone and SAT NAV, have all been left on display.
A thief, played by a police officer is attracted to the vehicle by the SAT NAV, which is still stuck to the windscreen. He easily gains access to the vehicle by forcing the front passenger door open before casually walking off.
Chief Insp Chris Spinks from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing, said motorists can help prevent becoming a crime victim by taking simple steps. He added: “It only takes opportunist thieves a few seconds to peer into a vehicle and be tempted to steal if items are left on display, even a coat or jacket could attract them.”
Police suggest leaving nothing valuable on display, taking belongings out of the vehicle and fitting an electronic mobiliser to prevent a car from starting. Steering wheel locks, are also recommended.