Police Issue Vehicle Security Reminder after Spate of Thefts in Stockton

  Police are reminding vehicle owners to ensure their vehicles are locked following a spate of thefts across the Stockton area.

  Around 50 vehicle break-ins occurred over a two-week period from the end of April into the beginning of May. Items such as iPods, laptops, dash cams and sunglasses were taken in the opportunist thefts.

Officers would like to remind members of the public to ensure that vehicle doors and windows are locked and not to leave valuables on display in an unattended vehicle – instead placing them in the glovebox or removing them. 

Temporary Inspector Jon Willoughby of Stockton Neighbourhood Police team said: “There have been a large number of offences in the Stockton area, where on some occasions valuables have been left on display in unattended vehicles.

“This provides an easy target for opportunist criminals. By removing items out of view it can deter a thief from swooping in.”

Stockton Town Centre, Billingham and Hartburn are amongst the areas which have seen the spate of opportunist thefts.

Police recently charged a 43-year-old man with three counts of theft from motor vehicles in Crooksbarn, Norton. He appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court on Wednesday 15 May and received a ten-week prison sentence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Stockton Operational Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimstoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/.