Warning after increase in vehicle crime in North Tyneside
Motorists are being urged to lock their cars during the day and night following a spate of opportunist vehicle crime in North Tyneside.
Over the past month there has been a rise in the amount of people having their cars broken into in North Shields and Wallsend.
There have also been various CCTV clips of suspects consecutively trying car door handles on parked cars.
Northumbria Police are now reminding owners to double check their cars are locked before they leave them.
PC Donald Marshall, from North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We have recently seen a large increase in people trying their luck pulling handles on car doors.
“This kind of behaviour is usually at night however there have been cases when suspects have done it in broad daylight.
“This goes to show that an opportunist will try at any time of day and that locking your vehicle is absolutely paramount.
“People should also remember to take personal belongings out of their car. Don’t leave bags on show inside the car because even if they don’t contain anything of value an opportunist won’t know that and still try your doors.
“A simple step like double checking your car is locked is such an important thing to do to protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft.
“If you think you have been a victim, please check your vehicle for anything which could be missing and let us know, even if you think its small or insignificant we will do our best to reunite you with it.”
Residents can get in touch with police if they have any information on 101.