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Police appeal after burglaries

13 Jan 2015 13:36 PM

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Police are appealing for information after burglaries in Sunderland West.

Overnight between Friday January 9 and Saturday January 10 alcohol, ornaments and electrical equipment were stolen from a house at Mortimer Street.

The following night - Saturday night into Sunday morning - jewellery, cash and electrical equipment were stolen from a house at Sevenoaks Drive.

And between Tuesday, December 30, and Sunday, January 11, an attempt was made to break into a house at Shrewsbury Crescent.

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant as part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: "We're carrying out enquiries into these burglaries and would ask anyone who saw suspicious activity around these areas over the weekend to get in touch.

"It's important residents are vigilant, make sure doors and windows are locked and that any suspicious activity late at night or people or vehicles in the area is reported to police straight away.

"Extra patrols are taking place in the area to make enquiries and deter offenders."

Advice includes making sure doors and windows are locked, that lights are left on if you're going out at night or a timer light is used to come on as it gets dark. Installing outdoor security lighting, an alarm or CCTV also deters thieves.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of Sunderland West neighbourhood Policing Team, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more crime prevention information visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/homesecurity, while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.