THIEVES have been smashing their way into cars to snatch valuables left on display.
Police are issuing a warning to motorists after the spate of thefts across Pennywell that have seen valuables such as laptops, mobile phones and MP3 players stolen.
As police continue their investigation to trace the thieves they are urging drivers to take steps to help keep criminals at bay.
Inspector Dave Pickett, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “There are a number of measures motorists can take to help stop themselves from being broken into.
“Most thieves are opportunist and are more likely to break in to a car that has valuables on display that are easy to steal than a car where the owner has hidden away valuable items or taken them out of the car.
“It only takes a few moments and could save the owner a lot of expense and inconvenience.
“If anyone has any information about car thefts we’d urge them to contact us, information we receive from our communities is vital and can play a huge part in apprehending those responsible.”
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.