29/03/2016 Redcar and Cleveland

Warning after Thefts from Motor Vehicles in Redcar and Cleveland

Police are issuing a warning after 69 reported thefts from motor vehicles across Redcar and Cleveland this month (since 1st March).

Of the 69 reported thefts, 38 of those vehicles had been left insecure.

Varying items from within the vehicles have been reported stolen, and officers are again reminding people to keep their vehicle doors secure and not to keep valuables where anyone walking by can see them.

In less than one week there were eight vehicles broken into in the West Dyke ward in Redcar, seven of which had been left insecure. 

Inspector Matt Reeves, from Redcar and Cleveland Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “If a vehicle has been left unlocked or with valuables on display then thieves will take advantage. Where items have been taken from an unlocked vehicle, it could mean that your insurance could be invalid.

“We would like to remind people to keep valuables hidden, keep your vehicle doors locked and if possible park in a well-lit area.

“Officers have made a number of arrests in relation to recent thefts from vehicles, however, there are still a number of active thieves in the area who are proactively targeting vehicles in the evening and overnight. Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers have been patrolling late into the evening and night in an attempt to find those responsible.”

Police would also like to remind people not to leave car keys close to front doors in order to deter burglars from trying to steal them through letter boxes.
Anyone who may have information regarding the thefts is asked to contact the non-emergency number on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.