Motorists urged to drive away thieves


SOUTH Tyneside motorists are being urged to follow crime prevention advice to drive away opportunist thieves.

The warning comes after two car break-ins in two days this week.

Overnight on Tuesday, thieves smashed the window of a car in Ralph Street, Hebburn, and made off with a sat nav and a quantity of cash.

Last night, a car in Beaumont Terrace, Jarrow, had its window smashed, and a lap top, iPod and mobile phone were stolen.

Police are urging people not to leave goods on show, no matter how small or inexpensive, and to always lock their vehicle.

The advice also comes as part of Operation Soundwave, the forcewide campaign targeting opportunist thieves.

Ian King, Hebburn and Jarrow Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “We do have officers patrolling the area to target thieves.

“However, we would urge motorists to think about security to avoid becoming a victim.

“Thieves are very opportunist in their nature, and leaving something on display in a car is all the opportunity they need to break into it.

“This doesn’t have to be anything of great value - in many cases items are only worth small sums.

“However, this doesn’t stop criminals causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to car doors and windows to steal a bit of loose change.

“As always, we’re extremely grateful to people who call us and report suspicious activity so our resources can be in the right place at the right time.

“We’d ask the public to continue providing us with this information.

“With your help, we can make life difficult for thieves and reduce opportunities for them to have an easy ride.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.