Warning to motorists after Sunderland car thefts

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MOTORISTS in Sunderland are being reminded to ‘Lock it or lose it’ after a wave of theft from cars in the north of the city.

Police are reminding owners to make sure cars and vans are locked, even if leaving them for few seconds, after reports of thefts from cars in Castletown, Southwick and Seaburn.

The advice is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, which is targeting opportunist thieves and burglars across the force area.

Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “Many thefts that take place are from cars that have been left unlocked and it takes a thief just a few seconds to open a car door and steal from inside.

“I’d urge motorists to take a few seconds to double check their car is locked and windows are up, even if just leaving it for a few minutes.

“It’s also important that valuables such as mobile phones and sat navs are out of sight, or removed from the car altogether if possible.”

Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191. To report a crime as it occurs, dial 999.

Motorists are also reminded to take a few minutes to sign up to free property registering website www.Immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it’s easily returned to the rightful owner.

For more crime prevention advice visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/vehiclesecurity