Almost 400 vehicles have been targeted by thieves in Ipswich in recent months, it can be revealed. 

Over 380 incidents were reported to Suffolk police between February and October this year, with a third of thefts involving insecure vehicles. 

The new data comes amid targeted patrols being launched by local officers. 

Inspector Ben Richards, from Ipswich police, said: “We are conducting some targeted patrols in affected areas across the town and will be working closely with the Ipswich Borough Council Community safety teams, Crimestoppers and Neighbourhood Watch teams in an attempt to tackle the issue.

"Vehicles with keyless entry can also present thieves with an opportunity as the range on the key fob can reach a vehicle parked close to the address.

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"In particular, with the Christmas rush now underway, we’d urge people to think about vehicle security."

Data released by Suffolk police shows 14 per cent of incidents involve forced entry by thieves. 

Officers advise owners to not display items in their vehicles and avoid leaving valuable items inside.