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Motorists urged to lock it or lose it

23 Dec 2016 15:24 PM

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Police are reminding motorists to lock it or lose it after a spate of thefts from vehicles in Ashington.

Motorists have reports a number of thefts over the last week from cars parked in residential areas of the town.

Police are urging motorists to stay one step ahead of thieves by securing cars and taking valuable items with them. Officers are also carrying out additional patrols in areas that have previously been targeted, to prevent further offences.

Neighbourhood Acting Inspector Michelle Caisley said: "Clearly at this time of year people are busy buying last minute Christmas presents and rushing around to visit family and friends. But we would urge drivers to make sure they keep their vehicles locked securely and remove all valuables from sight when they park up.

"Unfortunately opportunist thieves will be looking to take advantage of insecure vehicles. They know people are shopping for presents and that vehicles may have expensive items kept inside. They've been known to try car door handles until they find one open, and will be looking for valuable items left lying on display.

"I'd ask people to make sure they lock vehicles and take anything of value including presents or shopping, and including cash, mobile phones and sat navs with them. It only takes a few minutes and can ultimately save a lot of frustration and cost."

Members of the public are asked to help police and if they do see anyone acting suspiciously around parked cars, then please call the police straightaway on 101.

For more information and advice visit

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/vehicle_security/

Motorists are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.