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Drivers are being urged to take extra time to keep their vehicles safe after a spate of thefts across the region.
Regional partnership working is underway to tackle a spate of vehicle thefts and while they are not believed to be linked, officers are still urging the public to take a few steps to help stop them becoming a victim.
Some of the incidents involve thieves targeting unlocked vehicles and making off with valuables that have been left inside while others have had their cars stolen and taken out the area.
Police are working together with the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU) to analyse data, search through CCTV and carry out targeted patrols in communities to take action against those believed to be responsible.
In addition, officers are urging drivers to work with them to deter opportunistic thieves.
Take a minute to ensure your car doors and windows are locked and that no valuables are left inside your vehicle.
Other advice from officers is keeping your key as far away from your front door and vehicle as possible or purchasing a Faraday Pouch which can help stop sophisticated criminals attempting to use your key’s signal to unlock your car.
Finally, always report any concerns to your local police force. Even if they aren’t able to make an arrest, it could help build a wider intelligence picture which could help with future investigations.
By working together, we can stop this offending, identify those responsible and make the North East a safer place to live.
If you see anything suspicious then contact Cleveland Police on 101 or if there is an immediate risk to person or property, then always dial 999.