Vauxhall owners in Gedling borough are being warned to be vigilant after cars were targeted by so-called ‘Corsa Cannibals’ at properties in Arnold and Mapperley.
Thieves are said to be stripping bonnets across the UK, with Gedling borough now gripped by the national crimewave.
The criminals are reportedly smashing the passenger side window to gain access to the bonnet before tearing it off and making off with it.
Nottinghamshire Police now want owners to think about how they can protect their vehicles after the reports of bonnets being stolen in Arnold and Mapperley.
The force said their enquiries are ongoing and are urging anyone with any information to call us on 101.
Inspector Christine Busuttil, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We’re urging motorists to think about how they can protect their vehicle, or make it inaccessible to thieves.
“If you have a garage try and use it or park your car as close to the garage door as possible to prevent thieves getting to the front end of the vehicle to remove it.
“Alternatively make sure you park your car in a well-lit area. Avoid parking in secluded spots which could put both you and your car at risk. Make sure the car is locked, and if your car has an alarm, make sure it is set.
“We’d urge anyone to report any suspicious activity to us by calling 101.”
For more advice on how to protect your vehicle visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/vehicle