POLICE are urging Runcorn residents to be vigilant following a spate of thefts from vehicles in the area.

Thieves targeted eight cars and a van on Monday between 8.20am and 7.30pm, making off with tools, sunglasses and small personal belongings.  

The streets on which the vehicles were targeted are: Arndale, Heather Close, Micklegate, Dunlin Close, Verbena Close, Aster Crescent, Long Spinney and Nightingale Close.

Cheshire Police says that while enquiries to trace those responsible are ongoing, residents should ensure their vehicles are locked and secure to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.

Detective sergeant Rob McLoughlin, from Runcorn Policing Unit, said: “In the last few days, we have seen a rise in the number of vehicles targeted by thieves seeking an opportunity to steal items that have been left inside.

“We have been conducting a number of enquiries, including CCTV and house-to-house, to find those responsible.

“I am appealing for information on anyone who may have been seen acting suspiciously in the area since the early hours of Monday, October 5.

“We believe the vehicles had been unlocked at the time, and therefore I am urging everyone to ensure their cars are safely locked and secure at all times, and to also remove valuable items.”

If you have any information, contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 820557 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.