A SPATE of car crimes in Barry has led to police warning motorists to ensure their vehicles are secure and valuables removed when unattended.

Reports of vehicles being broken into, especially in the Cadoc area of the town, have increased.

In some cases doors were left unlocked or windows partly open.

A number of vehicles – where valuable items such as sat navs, mobile phones and handbags had been left clearly on display – were also targeted after proving a tempting and easy opportunity for thieves.

PCSO Dominic Bury, from Barry neighbourhood police team, said: “If you leave your vehicle unlocked or your possessions on display there is an increased risk that you will become a victim of crime.

“Many motorists leave their vehicles insecure providing a thief with an easy opportunity to remove valuable items.

“We are urging the public to contact 101 to report anyone acting suspiciously near parked vehicles.”