Police warn caravan owners after spate of camp site thefts

POLICE have urged caravan owners and holidaymakers to be on their guard after a spate of thefts across Northumberland.

Officers are advising people to lock their caravans and tents and secure all valuables after a string of incidents at holiday parks in the county.

In the last week, there have been four reports of caravans being broken into in the Westerheugh and Berwick areas.

Each time the thief has either broken into the caravan through a window or got inside through an unlocked window or door.

In one incident, the thieves also broke into a car that was parked on the site next to the caravan.

Officers are carrying out extra patrols of caravan and camping sites throughout Northumberland and working with park staff to ensure people have a safe and crime-free time in the area.

Berwick Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “It’s holiday season and there are a lot of people coming into the area and we want them to enjoy a pleasant and safe time in Northumberland.

“The message for visitors to the area, and for residents too, is to think about crime prevention. Don’t make things easy for thieves.

“Just because you’re on holiday it doesn’t mean that there aren’t thieves looking for easy opportunities.

“If you’re staying in a caravan then lock the windows and doors when you’re going out.

“If camping then ensure valuables are stored somewhere secure and not left on show.

“Be aware that regardless of how peaceful and beautiful the scenery in Northumberland maybe there are also criminals operating in the area waiting for easy opportunities to strike. Help us by taking steps and putting a stop to them.”

To report a crime to Northumbria Police, call 03456 043043 ext 69191 or 999 in an emergency.