Sunderland drivers warned after spate of car raids

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SUNDERLAND car owners are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of thefts from vehicles.

A satnav, gloves and cash were taken from an unlocked VW Touran parked on Wilden Court between 9.30am last Thursday and 8.40am on Friday.

At about 2am on Friday, a satnav was stolen from an unlocked Ford Focus parked in Wearhead Drive, Sunderland.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Pickett said: “Motorists wouldn’t dream of having large sums of cash on display in their car, but by leaving goods like shopping, satnavs, mobile phones and laptops in full view of passers-by, they are essentially doing just that.”

He added: “But it’s not just the expensive items that attract opportunist thieves. Anything left on show is enough to tempt them, even something of very little value.

“We have patrols in the area to deter and target thieves.

“However, we need people to help us combat thefts and make sure they aren’t a victim of crime. The message is simple – don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle, and always make sure it’s locked.”

Number plates have also recently been stolen – from a van parked in Barnard Street and from a Renault Megane in Ormonde Street. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.