Cars broken into in Ovingham
Dated: 17 Feb 2010
Motorists in Tynedale are being reminded about not to leave valuable items on display in their cars. This follows a number of break-ins in Ovingham where thieves have targeted cars with sat navs and electrical equipment left on show.
Overnight between 10pm Monday, February 15 and 9am Tuesday February 16, four cars parked in the Windsor Crescent and River View areas of Ovingham were broken into and items including sat navs, CD players and hands free mobile phone equipment were taken.
Inspector Kevin Oates of the East Tynesdale neighbourhood policing team of Northumberland area command, said: "These have been isolated, opportunist style thefts from cars in and around Ovingham which might have been prevented.
"We always advise people against leaving valuables on show when they leave their vehicles. Thieves can quickly force their way into a car and simply grab anything small and portable. Motorists then have the problem of repairing the car as well as replacing the items.
"If you park your car, either take your valuables with you or store them out of sight, preferably in the boot. If you have a sat nav system you also need to remove the windscreen sucker and wipe away any tell tale signs left behind.
Anyone with information about the break ins or stolen property is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further crime prevention advice contact your crime prevention officer on 03456 043 043 or log on to www.northumbria.police.uk