Thefts from vehicles in West Denton

23 Jan 2015 14:15 PM

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Police tackling thefts from vans in Newcastle are continuing to remind drivers to lock it or lose it.

During the run up to Christmas there were reports of thefts from vans in West Denton with most of the vehicles left insecure and property such as tools and parcels stolen.

Police have arrested six people so far in connection with thefts in the area but officers are continuing to receive reports. They are reminding drivers to make sure they secure their property to reduce the risk of falling victim to an opportunist thief.

The advice is part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars and promoting crime prevention advice to residents and motorists.

Newcastle North West Neighbourhood Sergeant Grant Urquhart said: "Before Christmas we received reports of delivery drivers having parcels stolen after leaving their vans unlocked while they made a delivery.

"Since the New Year we've continued to receive reports of thefts, mainly from work vans. It appears workmen, while going into and out of houses doing jobs, are leaving their vans unlocked for ease of access.

"However, it only takes a thief a few seconds to reach in and steal property, some of which is expensive. This is the workmen's livelihood so I'd urge them to take a few moments to lock their vans as it could make all the difference.

"The advice is also relevant for all motorists as we've also had reports of property like sat navs and mobile phones being stolen from unlocked cars.

"We continue to do everything we can to deal with those responsible and have made six arrests, but by drivers taking crime prevention steps it can reduce their risk of falling victim to an opportunist thief."

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Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, to report a crime ongoing dial 999. Independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Motorists are also reminded to take a few minutes to sign up to free property registering website, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it's easily returned to the rightful owner.