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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Thieves go for vehicle gadget kit
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Thieves are removing the kits from cars across Notts
Police are warning satellite navigation system owners to remove them from parked cars after a series of thefts.

Thieves have targeted cars and vans around retail parks and city streets in south Nottinghamshire - taking the sat-nav systems left on show.

Police are dealing with three thefts a day of the 500 systems, which are often left on the dashboard.

Kevin Brown, Crime Reduction Manager, said: "Leaving them on show is an invitation to the criminal to steal."

He added: "We need people to take responsibility for their belongings and remove them.

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"The satellite navigation systems are made so that they can be taken with the owner whenever they leave their vehicles. Don't become a victim, take your things with you."

Crime reduction colleague Peter Ainley said: "We are working with retailers to highlight the pitfalls of leaving a satellite navigation system on display to any potential customers."

Satellite navigation systems are one of the latest gadgets being used by drivers where a voice and moving map directs drivers to locations.

The computers can pick the best routes as they hold maps and use satellite technology to pinpoint a location and help drivers complete their journey.

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