Police are warning motorists in south east Northumberland to be on the look out for thieves targeting their cars.
There have been around 50 reports of cars being broken into while they are parked in the Stakeford and Guidepost areas this year.
Items including sat navs, mobile phones, clothing and even small amounts of loose change have been taken.
In the majority of these cases the thieves have targeted cars that had been left unlocked and police are asking motorists for their help to deter thieves.
Bedlington Neighbourhood Sergeant Mick Kelliher said: “Thieves look for easy opportunities and there is nothing easier than a parked car that has been left unlocked with an iPod or a mobile phone left out on the front seat.
“Leaving your vehicle unlocked is making it simple work for them and they can be in and out of a car in seconds.
“We need people to help us by always locking their cars and taking their belongings inside with them.
“Don’t advertise to thieves and make sure you protect your car and your valuables by taking these easy steps.”
Anyone with any information into car crimes is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.