Spate of vehicle thefts in west of Sunderland

26 Feb 2016 17:00 PM

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Motorists are being urged to make sure they secure their vehicles after a spate of vehicle thefts in the west of Sunderland.

Overnight on Saturday February 13 into Sunday February 14 a vehicle was stolen after it had been left parked in Clinton Place.

On Monday February 15 a motorbike was stolen from outside an address in Thistle Road. Thieves picked up the bike and put it into the rear boot of a vehicle before driving off.

And on Monday February 22 a scooter was taken from Goole Road - it had been left insecure in a rear yard. It's believed the bike was pushed away.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incidents and appealing for information.

Motorists are also being reminded thieves are targeting the area and to make sure they take crime prevention to protect their vehicle and help prevent it from being targeted.

Neighbourhoood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: "Thieves are targeting the area and we want to remind people to make sure they make it as difficult as possible for them to steal.

"At the very least motorists should always lock the vehicle when they leave it unattended, and double check it is locked. Parking in as secure as a place as possible can help such as a secure car park or driveway as well as if possible parking where there is adequate lighting - whether it is street lighting or security lighting, if a thief can clearly be seen it is likely to deter them."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 305 140216 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website

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