Thefts from cars in Felling

15 Jan 2015 12:27 PM

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Motorists in Gateshead are being reminded not to give thieves a helping hand by leaving valuables on display.

It follows a recent spate of offences in the Felling area, many of which have been left unlocked or with property on display.

The advice comes as part of Operation Soundwave, a Northumbria Police campaign aimed at tackling opportunist thieves across the force and promoting crime prevention advice.

Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Sweeney said: "While we're carrying out extra patrols in the area and targeting known thieves, it's important motorists take crime prevention steps.

"Unfortunately opportunist thieves do operate, we know they will walk down the street and try car door handles, so it's important motorists don't give thieves a helping hand,.

"Make it difficult for them, take a few seconds to make sure the vehicle is locked and secure, don't leave anything on view and remove anything of value from the vehicle if possible, or if not store it in the boot.

"I'd also urge anyone who has information about those involved in thefts in the area or who sees anything suspicious to report it to police as soon as possible."

For more crime prevention information visit , while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at

It's also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate. Police can be called on 101, or to report a crime ongoing dial 999.