Police are reminding members of the public to remain vigilant after several incidents of thefts from motor vehicles in the Longlands and Grove Hill areas of Middlesbrough.
Since Christmas, there have been 40 reports of thefts from motor vehicles in these areas, with windows being smashed in some circumstances to gain entry to the vehicles.
Officers would advise people not to leave items on show such as loose change, sunglasses and satellite navigation systems, which could be attractive to opportunist thieves. Keeping doors and windows secure can also deter those who want to commit crime.
Neighbourhood team officers have been carrying out increased patrols in the area and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them by calling Cleveland Police on 101.
Sergeant Dan Oldroyd from Coulby Newham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We would always urge people to remain vigilant which can help stop people from becoming a victim of crime; by keeping car doors and windows secure and removing any valuable items could deter an opportunist thief.
“Those members of the public who may have information are asked to contact the neighbourhood team by calling 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.”