POLICE are reminding drivers to make sure their vehicles are secure to put off thieves.
Reported thefts from vehicles have fallen across the Northumbria force and were down 2.2 per cent in the Northumberland area between April and July on the same period last year.
But officers are still urging drivers not to take risks.
Assistant Chief Constable Greg Vant said: “While you’re out shopping, so are car thieves.
“Opportunist thieves are keeping their eyes peeled for sat navs left sitting on dashboards, designer sunglasses left resting on passenger seats and MP3 players left plugged into car stereos.
“Lock your cars, take sat navs inside at night, remember to lock items such as sunglasses in the glove compartment and don’t make it easy for criminals.”
People are advised to keep their cars in garages when not in use, always lock their doors, windows and sun roofs, never leave items on show when they leave the car, never store valuable items in the boot while they continue shopping and use secure car parks if possible.
Assistant Chief Constable Vant added: “Officers are working hard to try to help motorists and deter criminals, however people still need to do their part. Follow our advice and don’t make it easy for criminals.”