A spate of thefts in Northumberland have prompted police to issue a warning to car owners.
There have been a number of incidents reported recently in the Alnwick area of the county.
The majority of offences have taken place in residential and built-up areas, usuaully overnight.
Officers are now reminding people to make sure their vehicles are secure at all times and valuables are removed.
Paul Truscott, Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “We’ve received a number of reports over recent weeks where property has been stolen from insecure vehicles.
“I’d advise motorists to ensure they lock their vehicles with the alarm enabled and make sure they remove anything of value from the car.
“Don’t leave anything on display, and people should ensure they park in areas where there is parking control or in well lit areas. Extra patrols, both high visibility and plain clothes, are taking place to deter thieves.
“Unfortunately, opportunist thieves do operate and while we do everything possible to take action against those involved, by taking some simple steps motorists can reduce their risk of falling victim to such a crime.”
Anyone with information about any of the recent car crimes in the area is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.