MOTORISTS are being reminded to take care with their cars after a spate of thefts.
Police have warned that just a handful of loose change or an inexpensive pair of sunglasses can end up costing hundreds of pounds in repair bills, for people who have left them on show in their cars.
The warning comes after 10 cars parked in the Long Streets area of the East End, in Sunderland, were broken into over the course of one night.
Officers issued the warning to residents at a recent Police and Communities Together (Pact) meeting.
A total of 19 crimes had been reported to police in the last six weeks, 10 of which involved vehicles.
Three of the break-ins took place in Percy Terrace, where the thieves smashed windows and stole valuables from inside cars and vans.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Motorists are being asked to make sure they follow crime prevention advice – don’t become a victim of crime. Police are carrying out patrols in the area to deter and target thieves. Officers also need people to help them combat thefts and make sure they aren’t a victim of crime.
“The message is simple – don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle and always make sure it’s locked.”
The next meeting takes place at 6.30pm on May 19 at the Back on the Map shop, in Villette Road.
People can also report any suspicious activity to police on 101 ext 69191.