Drivers warned following spate of thefts from unlocked cars

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POLICE are urging drivers not to make life easy for car criminals following a spate of thefts in Morpeth.

Items were taken from two unlocked vehicles in Southgate Wood and one each in Norham Drive and Whinham Way – all between 7.15pm on Friday, May 13, and 11.30am on Saturday, May 14.

They include an iPod Classic MP3 player, a sat-nav device and a wallet.

A briefcase taken from one of the cars in Southgate Wood and a coat stolen from the other were later recovered.

A 23-year-old man from the Morpeth area was arrested in connection with the thefts. He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Alison Best said: “Most thieves are not master criminals, they are opportunists, and the vast majority of thefts which occur from motor vehicles are where doors have been left unlocked.

“Theft from your motor vehicle can be prevented by implementing a number of simple and relatively cheap measures.

“Northumbria Police is committed to reducing this type of theft and we are asking for assistance in achieving this by following the security measures.”

These include:

l Always make sure your car is fully locked and secure if leaving it, even for a few seconds. Never leave keys in the ignition when you leave your vehicle and never leave the windows or sunroof open.

l Never leave anything of value such as sat navs, mobile phones and iPods on display – it’s an open invitation to thieves.

At the very least place them out of view in the boot and remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard by the sat nav.

Make sure all electronic goods are switched off and, where fitted, any Bluetooth feature is disabled.

l Mark all your equipment, including your satellite navigation and car stereo, with your vehicle registration number and the date, using a UV pen.

l Park in secure spots away from trees and bushes.

l Close your gates and side gates if you have them. Secure them with a hasp, staple and padlock

Whenever possible secure your car in a garage.

For further crime prevention advice, ring 03456 043043 or visit