Motorist warned to lock it or lose it

26 Jan 2015 15:56 PM

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Police are reminding motorists not to give thieves a helping hand by leaving their cars unlocked with valuables on display.

It follows a report of four crimes over the weekend in the west of Sunderland, in Galashiels Square, Greenshields Square, Gambia Road and Chester Road.

Police are appealing for information into the thefts and also reminding motorists to be vigilant to keep opportunist thieves at bay.

The advice comes during Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice.

Property such as an MP3 player, sat nav, cash, bag and perfume was stolen, as well as purse from a passenger seat.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: "Opportunist thieves will seek out insecure cars by walking down the street trying doors handles and looking for anything left on display.

"It takes them just a few moments to reach inside and steal something from the seat or glovebox so it's important people take a few moments to remove anything of value from the vehicle altogether if possible or put it in the boot.

"And always make sure the car is locked, even if only leaving it for a short time, and if possible make sure it's parted in secure and well lit areas.

"We continue to carry out operations to target thieves and I'd urge anyone who has information about those involved in vehicles crime in the area to get in touch with us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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