Warning after car thefts

Police are reminding motorists to ensure they remove valuables from their vehicles after a spate of thefts in Alnwick.

The majority of recent offences have taken place in residential and built-up areas and usually take place overnight. Police are reminding people to make sure their vehicles are secure at all times and valuables are removed.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “We’ve received a number of reports over recent weeks where property has been stolen from insecure vehicles.

“I’d advise motorists to ensure they lock their vehicles with the alarm enabled and make sure they remove anything of value from the car.

“Don’t leave anything on display, and people should ensure they park in areas where there is parking control or in well-lit areas. Extra patrols – both high-visibility and plain-clothes – are taking place to deter thieves.

“Unfortunately opportunist thieves do operate and while we do everything possible to take action against those involved, by taking some simple steps motorists can reduce their risk of falling victim to such a crime.”

The advice comes during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, tackling opportunist thieves during the summer and ensuring residents have crime-prevention advice to keep thieves at bay.