Lock up when you park up

21 Nov 2016 10:10 AM

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Police are reminding motorists to lock up when they park up.

This follows a spate of thefts from cars left parked overnight in the Ellington Village area of Ashington.

There have been seven incidents reported to the police which happened overnight recently.

Thieves sneaked in to unlocked vehicles and have stolen various items left lying on view or in the glove box.

Vehicles have been targeted parked in Ellington View, Beach Drive and The Elms areas.

Now police are reminding drivers to make sure they do all they can to help to prevent further offences.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Michelle Caisley said: "We want to make people aware of these thefts and remind them to keep their vehicles secure, especially when they park up overnight.

"It only takes seconds to remember to take any valuables with you and then to make sure you lock up. We know opportunist thieves will chance their luck by trying car doors to see if they have been left unlocked and will slip inside and steal anything left on seats or in the glove box.

"We're doing everything we can to identify thieves in the area and extra patrols are taking place at key times to deter thieves.

"Most thieves look for easy pickings - so don't make it easy for them.

"We'd also ask people to be vigilant and if they see anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles where they live, they should call police straightaway. You could help to prevent a crime or help us catch a thief."

To report suspicious behaviour, or pass on information about the recent thefts, contact police on 101.