12/04/2016 Middlesbrough

Warning after Thefts from Motor Vehicles in Middlesbrough

Police are issuing a warning after 60 reported thefts from motor vehicles occurred across Middlesbrough last month (March), a twenty per cent increase ......

..... compared to the 50 reported offences in February.

 Some of the vehicles targeted had valuable items left on display and various items were stolen, provoking officers to remind people to keep their valuables hidden away and their vehicles securely locked.

 Crime Prevention and Architectural Liaison Officer, Stephen Davies, said: “We would like to remind people to keep their valuables hidden in their vehicles at all times and to keep vehicle doors locked and parked in a well-lit area at night time and where possible covered by CCTV.

“We always do as much as we can to prevent thefts from motor vehicles by patrolling hot spot areas and conducting night time operations, but it is really important that people try to keep their valuables and vehicles secure by taking simple steps that may prevent them from becoming a victim.

“It only takes a few seconds for a thief to try a door handle or boot to see if they have been left unlocked. It is a huge price to pay for actions which take a matter of seconds to do when you leave your vehicle.”

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.