THE rear window of a car parked near a primary school was smashed with a rock yesterday for a thief to be able to steal a handbag from the vehicle.

The theft happened between noon and 3pm on Friday, 29 September near Kimpton CE Primary School, in Stanbury Road.

Police are calling for witnesses or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around these times to call 101, quoting the reference number 44170377901.

Police have also issued advice about avoiding becoming the victim of theft from motor vehicles.

This includes:

-When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.

-Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually locked.

-When parking at home, use your garage. If you don't have a garage, park in a well-lit area.

-Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.

-Take all your personal possessions with you.

-Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.

-Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside.

-Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.

-Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website (see right).

-Do not store your car's documents in the car.

-Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.