Car crime reminder

24 Aug 2016 11:37 AM

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Police are urging drivers to take extra care after recent thefts have been reported in North Tyneside.

There have been a number of offences committed in and around Whitley Bay town centre on streets just off Park View and Whitley Road. Thefts are taking place where vehicles have either been left unlocked, or have items of property left inside in full view of passers-by.

Police are carrying out extra patrols in the affected areas of the town centre and are reminding drivers to think about crime prevention.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth said: "We know it only takes a few seconds for a thief to try a car door or boot to see if it's unlocked, and if so, to get into the car and steal whatever they can lay their hands on. We're asking drivers to take a few seconds to make sure they lock up when they park and leave their car. It's also a good idea to remove any valuables at the same time. We'd ask you not to leave wallets, bags, mobiles or any items you value in your car, especially if they can be seen by people walking by. That's what opportunist thieves rely on.

"We'd also ask people to report any suspicious behaviour to us. If you see someone going down a street trying door car handles as they go, it's likely that they're planning on stealing from them. If so call us straightaway on 101, you could help to prevent a crime."

Officers have today arrested a 29-year-old man in the town centre on suspicion of theft from vehicles. Investigations are continuing into the these offences and police are asking people to remain vigilant.

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to call 101 and quote reference 226 of 23/08/16.