Police warning on car security after spate of thefts

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Police are stepping up security warnings after a spate of thefts from vehicles in Morpeth.

In recent months opportunist thefts have been reported in Morpeth town centre, surrounding residential estates and Longhirst, with items such as sat navs, cash and clothing stolen from cars.

Morpeth is a safe place and crime is low, however it could be even lower if a few simple precautions are taken.

Dave Ledger, Safer Northumberland Partnership Chairman

In many cases the vehicles have been unlocked, or the valuables left on display.

Now police are reminding motorists to lock it or lose it, and a series of vehicle security packs, with warning stickers, have been bought by the Safer Northumberland Partnership.

They are being handed out by officers to encourage car owners to secure and clear their vehicles of valuables when left unattended.

Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: “It only takes a thief a few seconds to reach into an unlocked car and steal something left lying on the seat or in the glovebox.

“There are sometimes items worth hundreds of pounds and the loss can be expensive, not to mention disruptive, to the owner.

“Help us to stop car crime by taking valuables and expensive items indoors and never leaving them in your car. Make sure your car is locked whenever you leave it parked and report any suspicious people to us as soon as possible.”

Partnership Chairman and county councillor Dave Ledger added: “Morpeth is a safe place and crime is low, however it could be even lower if a few simple precautions are taken.

“Please don’t make it easy for thieves. Do not leave valuables on display in your car and make sure it is locked at all times when it is unattended.”

People should report anything suspicious to police straight away so officers can investigate. Call them on 101, or to report a crime that is under way dial 999.