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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lock it or lose it, drivers warned

PONTELAND motorists are being reminded to lock their cars and keep valuable items out of sight following a number of break-ins.
Thieves have targeted unlocked cars where sat navs and other equipment were left on show.

Between 10pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday, five cars parked in different areas of Ponteland were broken into.

Inspector Kevin Oates of the East Tynedale Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "These have been isolated, opportunist-style thefts where the thieves have been trying car doors and stolen from those they have found left unsecured.

"We always advise people against leaving valuables on show when they leave their vehicles. Thieves can quickly force their way into a car and simply grab anything small and portable. Motorists then have the problem of repairing the car, as well as replacing the items.

"If you park your car, either take your valuables with you or store them out of sight, preferably in the boot. If you have a sat nav system you also need to remove the windscreen sucker and wipe away any tell tale signs left behind.

"Make sure you lock your car, check it and double check it. An insecure car is like an invitation to an opportunist thief."