News Release

Security warning after car theft

Dated: 02 Feb 2012

Police are reminding car owners to ensure their vehicles are secure after a theft in Newcastle.

At 8.20am on Monday, January 30, a Citroen was parked at Radcliffe Place in Blakelaw with the engine running and the keys in the ignition.

The car was left alone for a short time when an offender got in and drove off. The car was later recovered damaged at St George's Terrace in Lemington. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the offender.

Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "I'd like to remind people that it's vital cars are locked at all times when unattended, even if only leaving it for a few minutes.

"This is especially relevant during the cold weather when people may have the keys in the ignition and engine running when de-icing their cars early in the morning.

"Don't be tempted to leave it to de-ice - people should always stay with the vehicle and if they have to go back into the house then they should lock the car and take the keys with them.

"It only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to get in and drive off, and this could cause not only anger and frustration but financial hardship as insurance companies may not pay out.

"We're continuing to make enquiries into this incident and work towards identifying and taking action against those responsible for opportunist thefts in the area."

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