POLICE in Sunderland investigating a number of thefts from vehicles have made six arrests.
Officers arrested two men, aged 20 and 29, on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle following an incident in Holmlands Park South.
Police were called to the area at 4.43am on Tuesday, April 22, following reports that a man was seen inside a parked car.
Officers attended and following enquiries arrested two men. They are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.
In an earlier incident on Monday, April 21, police arrested four people also on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles.
At 11.23pm officers were called to Albion Motors opposite that Stadium of Light following reports that a group of people were going through parked cars.
Officers attended but those responsible had left the scene.
Police carried out enquiries in the area and two men, aged 18 and 19, and two male youths, aged 15 and 17, were subsequently arrested. They remain in custody helping police with their enquiries.
Officers are reminding motorists not to leave valuables on display in unattended vehicles.
The reminder forms part of Operation Soundwave aimed at targeting volume crime such as theft, including theft from cars. A key part of the campaign is offering crime prevention advice.
Extra patrols are being carried out in the affected areas to help prevent further offences.
Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “We will continue to target those we suspect to be responsible for these crimes and make sure action is taken against them. We are asking for motorists to help in making it more difficult for them to commit crime.
“Most of these thieves are opportunist and take advantage of a vehicle being left unlocked, it only takes a few moments to lock the car and double check that it is locked and it could prevent the vehicle from being broken into.
“Likewise, removing valuables from display only takes a few moments. If valuable items are left on display it lets the thief know it’s worth trying to break into the car as there’s something worth stealing.
“We would also ask people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity they see around vehicles to police straightaway.”
Further crime prevention advice is available via the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk
Anyone with information about car crime should contact police on 101, extension 69191, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.