MOTORISTS are being reminded not to give thieves an easy ride.
Police said the majority of crimes are committed by sneak thieves who take advantage of an unlocked vehicle or valuable items left on display.
Acting Chief Inspector Paul Stewart, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “Police carry out regular patrols in the areas where we suspect thieves are operating to curb their behaviour, and we’re asking for the public to help us reduce the number of car break-ins.
“Leaving valuables on display in an empty vehicle lets thieves know there is something worthwhile for them to steal. Our advice is never leave valuable items on display when you leave the vehicle unattended and always make sure doors are locked and windows are closed, even if your only leaving the vehicle for a short time.”
People are also being urged to register valuable items on the national property database Immobilise at www.immobilise.com, which makes it easier to reunite them with the owner if they are stolen and later recovered.
To report information to police ring 101 – or 999 in an emergency.