Appeal after thefts from vehicles

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of recent thefts from vehicles in the Ashington area.

There have been seven crimes reported between Thursday, November 25, and Monday, November 28, from vehicles left parked overnight.

Thefts have been reported from vehicles parked in Burnside, Simpson Court, Norwich Close, Carlton Grove and Fairfield Drive in North Seaton and Berrymoor and Saint Nicholas Close in Ashington.

Most of the offences took place when the vehicle was left unlocked with thieves simply trying door handles to gain entry and stealing items from small change and sweets to sat navs.

In a few cases offenders forced entry to get inside to steal.

Ashington Neighbourhood A/Inspector Michelle Caisley said: “To help prevent further offences we’re reminding motorists to make sure they remove all valuables and lock their vehicle when they leave it, especially when they park up overnight.

“It only takes seconds for a sneak-in thief to get into an unlocked vehicle and steal literally whatever is to hand. Please lock up when you park and leave no property on view, this is a simple but effective way to do all you can to prevent items being stolen from your vehicle.

“Remember, if you do see someone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles where you live, please contact the police as your actions could help to prevent a crime happening.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 109889U/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.