A car was stolen during a ‘2 in 1 burglary’ in North Tyneside.
An offender gained access to a house in Brussels Road, Wallsend, via an unlocked door between 10.30pm and 11.50pm on Wednesday, March 30.
They took keys to a blue Peugeot, with the stolen car being found by police abandoned in the Walker area.
Enquiries into the burglary are ongoing and anyone with information to help should contact police.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Mark Storey, said: “Burglars are taking advantage of the fact people are not just leaving front doors unlocked but are leaving car keys by the door or clearly on view making it easy for them to quickly grab them so they can then steal the vehicle parked outside.
“Most people probably do leave their keys by the front door as it’s a quick place to put them when they get in and keeping them in the same place helps them stop them from losing them but unfortunately burglars are wise to this.
“Burglars are actively trying front doors to see if they’ve been left unlocked and where they have they’re going into the house and stealing anything they can quickly without being noticed – and if car keys have been left by the front door or on clear view they’re effectively able to commit two crimes in one – burgling the house and stealing the vehicle.
“Being the victim of a burglary is incredibly distressing, not just for the victims themselves but those around them – their family, friends and neighbours – who also become more fearful they too could be a victim.
“It’s really important our communities work with us and help us by taking a few crime prevention steps that can help prevent these burglaries from happening in the first instance – our advice is always lock front and back doors, and make sure valuable items – such as car keys, purses, wallets, mobile phones are left somewhere safe and out of view.”
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information to help is asked to contact Police on 101 quoting reference 0163 31/03/16 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.