Vehicle crime advice
Dated: 13 Jul 2012
Police in South Tyneside are reminding motorists to lock their vehicles and remove valuables when they park up.
This follows a recent small rise in thefts from vehicles. Officers are advising drivers, including owners of commercial vehicles, to make sure they remove property, tools and equipment when they park up and lock their vehicles, especially overnight.
In the latest incident when thieves struck and stole tools from a van parked in Hyde Street in South Shields. The theft was discovered on Wednesday, July 11, after a Makita grinder and screwdriver were taken.
Inspector Peter Sutton said: "Any theft is a concern but a theft from a commercial van can be especially costly if thieves steal expensive tools, equipment or stock.
"Many types of vehicle crime are the result of opportunist thefts. If we remind people remove to valuables and keep their vehicle locked this will lead to fewer attempted break-ins and fewer thefts."