Police urge motorists to secure vehicles

Motorists are being urged to secure their vehicles after a spate of thefts in Morpeth.

Three cars were broken into overnight on Sunday, March 1, in the Stobhill area, with the majority of the thefts involving vehicles which had been left insecure.

Expensive items including sat navs, money and clothing were taken, along with other items left on display in the unattended cars.

Police are once again urging owners to ensure they take time to lock their vehicles and don’t leave valuables on display.

The advice is part of Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force, and promoting crime prevention advice.

Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: “We urge all motorists in the area to make sure vehicles are secure and valuable items are removed before leaving the car.

We urge all motorists in the area to make sure vehicles are secure and valuable items are removed before leaving the car.

Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker

“It only takes a thief a few seconds to reach into an unlocked car and steal something left lying on the seat or in the glovebox.

“These are sometimes items worth hundreds of pounds and the loss can be expensive, not to mention disruptive, to the owner.

“We have extra officers on patrol in the area to identify those responsible and speak with residents.”

To contact your local neighbourhood policing team, call 101.