POLICE have appealed for help to catch thieves who stole a gas analyser in an overnight raid in South Tyneside.
The theft happened between 4.20pm on Monday and 7.30am on Tuesday, when someone broke into a van in Galsworthy Road, Biddick Hall, South Shields.
They made off with a QMI analyser, which plumbers use to test the efficiency of boilers and other gas appliances.
Anyone with information on the item’s whereabouts is asked to call police on 101, extension 69191, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “I’d urge van drivers to refrain from leaving expensive tools in their equipment, particularly overnight, and to always ensure their vehicle is locked.
“Opportunist thieves will often try van doors in the hope they’ve been left unlocked.
“They will also be tempted by any goods left on show in a vehicle - even items only worth small sums, or even loose change.
“Our officers are patrolling the area to stop thieves in their tracks.
“I would urge motorists not to make life easy for them and make sure their vehicle is locked and items moved from display, or better still, not stored in it at all where possible.
“Taking little steps towards security can go a long way to protecting your property.”