Motorists in Newcastle are being urged to drive away thieves and not leave valuables on display.
The warning comes as cars continue to get broken into in Benwell, Scotswood and Elswick where valuables such as mobile phones and sat navs have been left on display in an empty vehicle.
Now police are urging people not to leave goods on show, no matter how small or inexpensive and to always lock their vehicle. The advice comes as part of Operation Soundwave, the forcewide campaign targeting opportunist thieves.
Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “We do have officers patrolling the area to target thieves. However, we would urge motorists to think about security to avoid becoming a victim.
“Thieves are very opportunist in their nature and leaving something on display in a car is all the opportunity they need to break into it.
“This doesn’t have to be anything of great value – in many cases items are only worth small sums. However, this doesn’t stop criminals causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to car doors and windows to steal a bit of loose change.
“With your help, we can make life difficult for thieves and reduce opportunities for them to have an easy ride.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191.
Further crime prevention can be found on the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk