Don't leave it on show - urge police

09 Feb 2017 16:17 PM

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

This comes after three recent thefts from cars left parked in Kings Road South, High Street East and Carville Road, all in Wallsend this week.

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

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: "Unfortunately opportunist criminals are looking to steal property left in plain view 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 both an annoying and expensive matter.

"We're reminding drivers to remove all valuables when they park, or to keep them out of sight in a locked boot ."

Neighbourhood officers have stepped up patrols in the affected areas to reassure local people and to deter further criminal activity.

Officers are also appealing for witnesses and if anyone has any information about these recent crimes please contact officers on 101 quoting reference 012986K/17. You are also asked to call 101 to report suspicious activity around parked cars.