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Crime prevention warning after spate of car crime in Newcastle's East End

10 Apr 2018 15:50 PM

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Police are warning car owners in the east end of Newcastle after a spate of incidents saw cars broken in to.
Since last Wednesday (March 4) officers covering Byker and Walker have received a dozen reports of vehicles being broken in to in the area.
Opportunist thieves have stolen property from vehicles in the area. The majority have been left unlocked but some have had windows smashed after valuables were left on display. 
Neighbourhood officers in the area have stepped up patrols to deter any criminals operating in the city. However, they are also asking car owners to take steps to safeguard themselves against this type of crime.
Sergeant Gavin Quiney, of the Newcastle East NPT, said: "It takes just the click of a button to lock your car, and a few seconds to double check the door before you walk away, but it could ultimately help prevent the owner from being a victim of crime.
"One other way of making sure you don’t fall foul of thieves is to remove any valuables from view. This takes away the temptation for any opportunist thief looking for easy pickings.
"Enquiries into this spate of incidents is ongoing but we do want members of the public with any information to get in touch. 
“Likewise, if people see someone trying car doors, or lurking around parked cars, we want to hear from them.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or by emailing newcastleeast.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk