Car thefts in East Tynedale
18 Apr 2016 14:36 PM[View Full Size]
Police in East Tynedale are urging motorists to lock their cars and remove all valuables after a number of thefts and attempted thefts from cars in the area.
The first happened between 11am and 4.15pm on Tuesday, April 12, when tools worth over £1,000 were stolen from an insecure van parked in Castle View, Ovingham.
The second happened at around 3.10pm on Tuesday, April 12, when a man attempted to steal tools from a van parked in Tynedale Close, Wylam. The man was disturbed and made off empty handed in a red Peugeot car.
The third happened between 12.30pm and 12.51pm on Friday, April 16, when an man attempted to break into a Land Rover parked in Jackson Road, Wylam.
And at 2.30pm on Friday, April 16, police received a report of tools stolen from an insecure van parked in Station Road, Corbridge.
Enquiries into the incidents are ongoing and police are reminding motorists to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from view.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Martin Brooks, said: "Extra patrols are taking place in the area to make enquiries into these thefts and to provide reassurance to residents.
"Any witnesses or anyone with information about the thefts, or who saw suspicious activity in the area at the back end of last week, should get in touch with police."
Motorists are also reminded to secure their cars and remove any valuables from display.
Insp Brooks added: "Motorists should always lock their vehicles, even if leaving it for a few moments, and never leave anything of value on display.
"Wherever possible, property should be removed from the vehicles altogether and nothing should be left on display. It only takes a thief a few seconds to steal property from the seat or glove box.
"By taking just a minute just to make sure the vehicle is secure people can reduce their risk of falling victim to an opportunist thief."
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More crime prevention information can be found at the Northumbria Police website at http://www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity.