Car crime prevention advice

28 Jun 2016 12:30 PM

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Police are advising motorists to remove valuables when they park, to prevent car crime in Northumberland.

This comes after three recent thefts from cars left securely parked in popular visitor locations.

The thefts all happened on Saturday, June 25.  One between 1pm-4.30pm at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club car park in Embleton near Alnwick, offenders smashed the front nearside window and stole a bag from the passenger footwell. The second happened between 3.26pm and 3.45pm from a car parked on Links Road in Bamburgh. The rear nearside window was smashed and two handbags and a backpack containing a purse, credit cards, cash and mobile phone were stolen. Three men were seen to leave the area after the incident in what is believed to be a green car.

The third offence happened at 11.55pm the same day from a car parked on Lesbury Road, Lesbury, Alnwick when thieves again smashed a window to gain entry. Three men were also see to make off in a green coloured vehicle.At this time it is not known what was stolen from this vehicle.

Now police are once again reminding people to remove valuables when they park up to prevent opportunist thefts.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: "Unfortunately opportune and out of area criminals target car parks around the area looking to steal property left on show from parked cars.  If they see valuables left inside a car they'll try the door handle, if it's locked they'll smash a window to get inside to steal.

"This means motorists are left having to literally pick up the pieces, get their vehicle repaired as well as replacing the stolen item, which makes it infuriating, inconvenient and expensive. 

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