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Nearly 100 cars targeted by thieves in Gateshead in just one month

Nearly 100 cars have been targeted by thieves in Gateshead in just one month, police said.

Neighborhood officers are warning residents to keep their doors locked after 97 reports of theft in the center and east of the district.

The majority of crimes have seen thieves targeting unlocked vehicles and running away with valuables that have been left inside.

Money, electronic equipment, and power tools are among the items stolen during raids.

Police analyze the data and target patrols in communities that see significant spikes in incidents to try to catch those responsible.

Northumbria Police Sgt. Paul Cook said: “We are conducting extensive investigations to try to identify those responsible for these thefts.

“It works involves reviewing CCTV in the area, conducting door-to-door surveys and examining patterns of behavior.

“We have close to 100 crimes to analyze, but we know that these offenses often go unreported and so there could be many more.

“Many incidents are preventable and we hope drivers read their peak incident information and remember to lock their cars.

“We also ask people not to keep their valuables in their vehicles or display them, as this could encourage these thieves.

“If you see anything suspicious, give us a call. Even if we are not able to make an arrest, it could help us in our analysis of these crimes.

“By working together, we can end this crime, identify those responsible and make our communities safer.

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