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Car windows smashed in north Belfast

Eight parked cars have had their windows smashed in north Belfast.

Police are investigating after a number of reports of criminal damage and thefts from eight vehicles parked in the Duncairn Avenue, Thorndale Avenue, Kinnaird Street and Antrim road in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A number of the cars were entered and mobile phones and sat navs were stolen.

Inspector Roy Watton said: "While the investigation into these incidents of damage and theft is continuing, we are particularly keen to speak with anyone who may have seen two males acting suspiciously in the area at around 4am on Wednesday morning.

“Anyone with information can contact local police on the new non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information about crime can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.”

Inspector Watton has reminded the public not to leave anything of value on view in vehicles.

He said: “A handbag, sports bag, phone, tablet computer or portable sat nav left in your car can be an open invitation to opportunist thieves.

“By taking simple precautions such as locking valuable items out of sight in the boot of your car, or better yet, by not leaving anything of value in your car in the first place,  which in turn means they are less likely to be a target for this type of crime”

“If a criminal sees something valuable on view, they will simply break the window to get it. You only have to leave your vehicle for a short time for them to act, so don’t give them the opportunity."

Belfast Telegraph