DRIVERS are being urged to ensure their valuables are locked away or removed after a spate of break-ins.
Officers from Durham carried out the patrol after a number of vehicles were broken into on the outskirts of the city, with mobile phones and cash taken.
Police Community Support Officers found about 35 cars with items on show when the carried out a patrol and will be contacting the car owners with crime prevention advice.
Inspector Paul Anderson, of Durham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We need to nip this in the bud, so I would ask that members of the public, remember to lock their cars and remove property from view.
“There is no need to become a victim of crime. Simple measures can avoid the annoyance, anger and inconvenience of having your car broken into.”