Reminder to taxi drivers

15 Feb 2017 12:00 PM

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Northumbria Police is reminding taxi drivers not to leave their taxi unlocked or valuables on display when they leave it unattended

It follows a recent spate of thefts from taxis' left unattended in Elswick and Arthur's Hill in the West End of Newcastle.

Police believe the vehicles are being targeted by opportunist thieves and want to remind taxi drivers to be vigilant.

Officers are carrying out regular patrols in both areas.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison said: "These thieves are opportunist and are taking advantage of taxi drivers leaving their vehicle unlocked, often with valuable items inside. We want people to get into the habit of locking their vehicle when they leave it unattended, even if it is only for a few moments, it takes a matter of seconds to do and to double check it is locked but could potentially prevent them from being a victim of crime.

"We will have extra officers in the area but I also want to ask members of the public to help us, if they see anyone acting suspiciously then we want to know. They could be trying car doors or peering in through car windows, whatever it is we want to know so we can check it out."

To report information to police ring 101. Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website


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