Thieves break into seven cars within hours

Motorists are being urged to secure their vehicles after a spate of thefts in one area of Blyth at the weekend.

Seven cars were broken into overnight on Sunday, March 1, in the Chase Farm Estate and Newsham areas, with police saying the majority of the thefts involving vehicles left insecure.

Electronic items and clothing were stolen along with other items left on display in the unattended vehicles.

Police are now reminding motorists to ensure they take time to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuables on display.

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

“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 glove-box.

“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.”

For crime prevention information visit www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity or register property free at www.immobilise.com

Contact police on 999 to report an ongoing crime.