MOTORISTS are being reminded to keep valuables out of view of thieves.
Police are giving out tips to help car crime across Sunderland continue to fall this year.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove said: “The number of cars being broken into and items stolen is falling and we want to make sure it stays that way.
“Having your car broken into is not just an inconvenience but can be a great expense and unfortunately a valuable item left lying on the seat makes it an easy target for thieves.
“Between April and December last year there were 328 fewer thefts from motor vehicles across Sunderland, by hiding valuable items, or even better, not leaving them in the car in the first place, people can help us reduce that even further.
“Members of the public can rest assured that we are not letting car thieves rest on their laurels and will continue to take action to make sure they’re caught and put before the courts.
“By following some simple crime prevention advice, residents can help put a stop to thefts and help stop themselves from being victims of crime.”
Drivers are being reminded not to leave their cars unattended with the engines running and to never leave the keys in the ignition.
Windows, sunroofs and doors should always be locked and valuable items, including satnavs, mobile phones and handbags, should not be on show.
When parking, stay away from trees and bushes and leave your car in a secure spot.