Spate of thefts from cars in Morpeth

A spate of thefts from cars has been reported in an area of Morpeth.

Three cars were broken into in the Stobhill area overnight on Sunday, with Sat Navs, cash and clothing stolen, along with various other items that had been left on display.

Extra officers have been deployed to the area to speak to residents and try to trace the thieves.

However, police have also urged members of the public to play their part in crime prevention as the majority of vehicles targeted had been left insecure.

Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Baker said: “We urge all motorists in the area to make sure vehicles are secure and valuable items are removed before leaving the car.

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

“We have extra officers on patrol in the area to identify those responsible and speak with residents.”

The crime prevention advice forms part of Operation Soundwave, which aims to tackle opportunist thieves and burglars across the Northumbria Force area, as well as make members of the public more aware of the risks of crime and security measures they can take.

For more advice visit www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity

People are also advised to register their property free at www.immobilise.com to ensure it can be traced back to them if it is stolen and later recovered.

Anyone with information about the Stobhill thefts, or any other suspicious activity, should call police on 101. To report an ongoing crime dial 999.