SEVEN cars were targeted during a thieving spree.
The break-ins happened to vehicles parked in several streets across Seaburn and Fulwell and saw lap-tops, wallets, cash and CDs taken.
The thefts all happened overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Most of the cars targeted had been left unlocked and were parked on Staveley Road, Lunedale Avenue and Crummock Avenue. A lap top was stolen from another vehicle parked on Alston Crescent.
Residents living in the area say the area is usually quiet and have been shocked by the thefts.
Jenny Robertson, 38, from Seaburn, said: “We didn’t hear anything. A lot of people around here have two cars, with one parked in the drive and the other outside the gate.
“We don’t leave anything in the car although there are some of the kids’ CDs in the glove compartment.”
Inspector Tony Carty, from Northumbria Police, said: “We are investigating all of these incidents and officers will also pay extra attention to the areas affected to deter and target thieves.
“However, we also need residents to help us by not leaving goods on show and always making sure their vehicle is locked, even if leaving it for just a few minutes.
“All too often these types of thefts are opportunistic and leaving a door unlocked and items in full view on a car seat or even a small amount of change inside the car is enough to tempt a passing thief.
“Not only is the car owner a victim of crime, they also have to put up with the inconvenience of having their car off the road and the costs of having it repaired.
“If people simply remember to lock their vehicles, remove any items on display or store them away where they can’t be seen, they are doing their bit to avoid becoming a victim of crime.”
Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.