Motorists are being reminded to ensure their vehicles are locked following a spate of car crime in North Tyneside.
Over the last few days thieves have struck in the Forest Hall, Whitley Bay and Cullercoats areas.
Police are reminding motorists to ensure they take time to lock their vehicles and do not leave valuables on display.
Neighbourhood Sergeant, Jonathan Caisley said: “We urge all motorists to make sure vehicles are secure and valuable items are removed before leaving their vehicles.
“It only takes a thief a few seconds to reach into an unlocked car and steal something left lying on the seat or in the glovebox. These are sometimes items worth hundreds of pounds and the loss can be expensive as well as upsetting, to the owner.
“It’s also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate.
“Extra patrols are taking place in the affected areas to make enquiries into these thefts and to provide reassurance to residents.”
For more crime prevention information visit www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.