Residents are warned not to leave items out

A series of thefts have taken place in Bedlington after belongings were left on display.

Police are now urging residents to keep their property safe.

Officers received reports of property being stolen after being left on show in cars and items such as bikes and gardening equipment being left unattended.

Now, as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, officers are urging residents to take more care with their property.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: “We’ve received reports of people leaving cars insecure or with property such as electrical items which are valuable left on display.

“It only takes a few seconds for a thief to strike and it’s important people take a moment to remove property from display and lock their vehicles.

“It’s also important, with people spending more time in their gardens, to make sure property such as lawnmowers and bikes are secured in a shed or the house and not left unattended in the garden.

“By taking crime prevention steps people can reduce their risk of falling victim to a thief.”

Meanwhile in the early hours of Monday, March 31, a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft after a handbag was stolen from a car at Hartford Crescent.

The property was recovered nearby and the man has been charged.

He will appear in court in this moonth.

To report information to police call 101 ext 69191, while to report a crime taking place contact 999.