Warning after spate of thefts from vehicles

Motorists are being urged to ‘lock it or lose it’ after a spate of thefts in North Shields.

Officers have received reports of 46 thefts from cars in North Shields since November 2014 – in the Preston Village and Royal Quays area, with 22 of the thefts involving vehicles left insecure.

Expensive property including sat navs, laptops and mobile phones have been stolen along with other items left on display in unattended cars.

Police are reminding motorists to ensure they take time to lock their vehicles and do not leave valuables on display.

Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross said: “We urge all motorists in the area to make sure vehicles are secure and valuable items are removed before leaving the car.

“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 not to mention disruptive, to the owner.”

For more crime prevention information visit www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com