Warning as valuables are stolen

Motorists are being urged not to leave their vehicles unattended and unlocked following a spate of thefts.

The warning follows cars being broken into in Morpeth, particularly overnight.

And, with the onset of the warmer weather and more and more people visiting the county’s coast, officers are also reminding visitors to make sure they lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from out of view.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: “We want to remind people not to leave their vehicles unlocked when they leave them.

“The neighbourhood policing team has been working tirelessly to help reduce the number of cars being broken into and items stolen. Officers have been handing out crime prevention advice to local residents as well as targeting those we suspect to be responsible and ensure action is taken against them.

“Locking a vehicle and removing any valuables from view will make it more difficult for a thief to break in, it’s something as simple as this that could prove to be the best deterrent to stop a vehicle from being targeted.

“Officers will continue to carry out regular patrols in the areas that are worst affected and target offenders as well as working with local residents to offer crime prevention advice.”

Visit www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity