OFFICERS are urging car owners to remove valuables from their vehicles following a 'surge in vehicle crime' in a borough.

Police officers have made the public appeal following an increase in vehicle crime Briercliffe where unlocked vehicles were targeted along with smashed windows where items were visible.

Sat Navs, bank cards, cash and clothing were the most common items stolen, police said.

Sgt Gary Hennighan, of Burnley Police, said: “Unfortunately there are thieves out there who will look for items worth stealing and it takes no time at all to break in.

"Please consider keeping your items safe and not to have the financial hassle of replacing them and broken windows.

“We have arrested and charged a number of people recently with vehicle offences and we urge the public to help us by reporting suspicious activity and keeping their property safe and secure.”