Drivers in Sunderland are being reminded to lock their vehicles while leaving them unattended.
Northumbria Police has put out the reminder following reports of thefts from vehicles that have been left unlocked in the last few days.
Some of the cars have been left unlocked overnight.
Areas around Springwell and Thorney Close have been effected.
Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector, Lisa Laverick, said: “Thieves are scouring streets of parked cars, trying doors and are looking for opportunities where cars have been left unlocked.
“They simply let themselves inside cars and grab whatever is inside and make off – it only takes seconds.
“We don’t want our communities to be victims to these thieves and are asking them to lock the vehicle before they leave it unattended, and double check it is locked, to help prevent them from being targeted.
“It really is as simple as taking a few moments to double check the vehicle is locked but could make all the difference in deterring a thief.”
For further crime prevention advise visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk