Motorists are warned to lock cars

Police are appealing for motorists to help them put an end to car crime in Morpeth.

The town has recently seen an increase in the number of unlocked cars being broken into.

And police are warning people that if they fail to lock their vehicles they are taking the chance that their vehicle may be broken into.

Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray said: “In the last month or two we’ve seen a rise in the number of cars targeted by thieves and especially cars that have been left unlocked and open.

“An unlocked car is an easy open invite to a thief. They can be in and out of an open car in seconds and can make off with anything that’s left inside – like mobile phones, wallets, bags and laptops.

“We need motorists to take a couple of easy steps that will make all the difference in helping prevent these types of crimes.

“Firstly, lock your car every time you leave it, whether it’s overnight or for just five minutes, make sure it’s locked and secure.

“And secondly remove valuables from inside – don’t leave anything inside that’s of any value, thieves will try and take it!”

Between Thursday, January 9, and Sunday, January 12, 20 unlocked cars in the Stobhill area were targeted by thieves and belongings stolen.

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the thefts.