OFFICERS are urging motorists to make sure they leave their vehicles secure in rural Northumberland.
It follows a number of incidents where people travelling to countryside locations to go cycling or hiking have had their vehicles targeted by criminals.
Police are asking people to, wherever possible, park their vehicles in well-lit and secure areas.
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Stephenson, of the Tynedale East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There have been a number of incidents where vehicles parked in isolated areas have been targeted by criminals travelling into the area to commit crime.
“They have been targeting cars parked in secluded areas in the hope they will not get caught.
“Our warning to them is that officers will be carrying out extra patrols in these areas and we’re asking members of the public to help.
“Motorists can help stop their vehicles being targeted by parking in busy areas and making sure they are locked and valuables are not left on display.”