POLICE have appealed for residents to keep their vehicles secure after two vans were broken into.
Officers in Hartlepool have warned residents to keep valuable items out of the view of opportunist thieves, especially now the dark nights are drawing in.
It comes after thieves broke into two vans this week and made off with tools and a drill set worth more than £200. One van was targeted in Maritime Avenue and another in Flint Walk sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Green, of Hartlepool Police, said: “It is important that people keep their vehicles locked and their valuables out of view.
“The arrival of the longer nights can help thieves and it is important that we frustrate their attempts wherever and whenever we can.
“I would appeal to the public to be vigilant to prevent as far as possible thefts of this nature. Valuables including satellite navigation systems, CDs and phones need to be kept out of sight.
“Having your vehicle broken into can be costly and inconvenient and it is so simple to prevent.”