DRIVERS parking in side streets near the Hammersmith Apollo are being urged to make sure all valuables are kept out of sight as thieves have been targeting the area.

Over the past three weeks there has been a spike in the number of thefts taking place from locked cars in and around Queen Caroline Street.

Revellers leaving the famous music and comedy venue have returned to their vehicles to find windows smashed and goods, such as bags and satellite navigation systems, stolen.

Police warn that opportunists will act quickly when they see something left on show.

Officers have now stepped up their patrols in the area in an attempt to quash the number of thefts taking place.

There has also been a rise in the number of cars being broken into in the Kings Mall car park, with five reported in the space of two weeks.

Inspector Dave Taylor, of Hammersmith’s safer neighbourhood team, said: “At the moment the problem seems to be centred around thefts from motor vehicles.

“The two popular areas for thieves are the Kings Mall car park and the streets around the Apollo.

“What’s happening is people are driving to the area, leaving their cars in the roads next to the venue and when they come back, they find they’ve been broken into.

“It’s because they’re leaving things on display, mainly bags and electrical equipment.

“We really need to reiterate the fact that by leaving your personal possessions on show, you are inviting criminals to come and have a go. They’ll see something, grab it and be gone in seconds.

“If you do need to leave something in your car, either put it in the glove compartment or in the boot.”

? Anyone who wishes to report a crime to the Hammersmith safer neighbourhood team should call 020 8721 2057.

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