POLICE are reminding motorists not to leave valuables on display in unattended vehicles after two overnight break-ins in South Tyneside.
On Tuesday and again last night, two cars were broken into in Cauldwell Villas, South Shields. Sunglasses were stolen from one and money from the other.
Extra patrols are being carried out in the area as part of Operation Soundwave, which is targeting theft.
South Shields Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “Most of these thieves are opportunist and take advantage of a car being left unlocked.
“It only takes a few moments to lock the car and double-check that it is locked, which could prevent the vehicle from being broken into.
“Likewise, removing valuables from display only takes a few moments.
“If valuable items are left on display it lets the thief know it’s worth trying to break into the car, as there’s something worth stealing.
“We will continue to target those we suspect to be responsible and make sure action is taken against them, and are asking for motorists to help in making it more difficult for them to commit crime.”
Anyone with information about the break-ins should contact police on 101, ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.