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September 20, 2012, 1:46 pm

Police are asking motorists to remain vigilant after a number of thefts from cars in Sunderland.

Ten cars were targeted overnight between September 18 and 19 on Cotswold Road, Corfu Road, Cranberry Road, Chiswick Road and Cheltenham Road.

The cars had windows smashed and items taken from inside, including satnavs, loose change and other small items, such as CDs.

Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “Leaving valuable items in a vehicle is an invitation to thieves, they see something lying on the seat and take a chance. Our message is simple – if you leave it on show, it’s going to go. By following some simple crime prevention advice, residents can play their part in making their community even safer and help stop themselves from becoming a victim of crime.”

Anyone with information about these offences is asked to contact officers in Sunderland on the 101 non-emergency number, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously onĀ 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers may offer a reward for information which leads to an arrest and charge.

Consider the following advice:

  • If you have a garage, keep your car in it overnight and when it’s not in use.
  • Whenever you leave your car always lock the doors, windows and sun-roofs, even for a short time.
  • Never leave items on show when you leave the car, especially any sat nav systems. Remove the sat nav cradle from unattended vehicles. Do not leave sat navs hidden in the car, and clean the suction cup mark of the holder from the window.
  • If you must leave items in the vehicle put them in the boot out of sight.
  • Think about where you park – use well lit places or secure car parks if possible.

Insp Carty added: “Officers are working hard to catch those responsible and we’d urge anyone who knows who is responsible to get in touch. We’d also ask the public to play their part in making life difficult for opportunist thieves.”

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information about crime

101 – The police non-emergency number

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