POLICE are appealing to motorists to make sure they play their part in helping to reduce car crime in Morpeth.
The town has recently seen an increase in the number of unlocked cars being broken into and officers are warning people that they could lose valuable items if they forget to take the simple step of locking their vehicle.
For example, between Thursday, January 9 and Sunday, January 12, a total of 20 unlocked cars in the Stobhill area were targeted by thieves and belongings inside them were stolen.
Inquiries were carried out and two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the thefts.
Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray said: “In the last month or two, we’ve seen a rise in the number of cars targeted by thieves and especially cars that have been left unlocked and open.
“An unlocked car is an easy, open invite to a thief. They can be in and out in seconds and can make off with anything that is left inside such as mobile phones, bags and laptops.
“Motorists should always take the following couple of easy steps to help prevent car crime – first, lock your car every time you leave it, whether it’s overnight or for just five minutes.
“And secondly, remove valuables from inside. Don’t leave any of these items in the car as thieves will try and take them.”