Don't give burglars a foot in the door

27 Jan 2015 12:21 PM

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Police are urging homeowners in Chapel House and Chapel Park to make sure their car keys are out of sight after cars were stolen in Newcastle burglaries.

Overnight on Friday night into Saturday morning a white Fiat 500 was stolen after a patio door was smashed and the car keys stolen at Grosvenor Way.

Between 5.30pm and 6.15pm on Friday, January 23, the car keys to a Seat Leon were stolen from an insecure house at Grosvenor Court, and the car stolen from outside.

And at 6.45pm on Thursday, January 22, a window was smashed at Ashdale and both vehicle keys, which were in sight in the back of the door, were stolen but the cars were left in situ.

In addition, police are also investigating burglaries at Abbey Drive in North Walbottle, which happened overnight on Friday, into Saturday, where a patio door was smashed but nothing was stolen, and at Roachburn Road in Westerhope where a garage was broken into.

As part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice, police are appealing for information into the break-ins and reminding residents to keep their homes secure.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Grant Urquhart said: "It appears burglars have been looking for unlocked doors and reaching in to steal car keys which have either been left in the back of the door or lying nearby.

"We know opportunist thieves will try door handles or look for easy to reach property left near doors and windows. It's important people take a few moments to make sure doors are locked and important property - particularly car keys - aren't within reach, or left hanging on the back of doors.

"Don't make it easy for thieves - a foot in the door is all they need to cause distress and frustration, not to mention the financial implications.

"We're well aware being burgled can be devastating and we continue to do everything we can to trace those responsible, including targeting know offenders and carrying out operations in the areas affected.

"Anyone with information about those involved or the whereabouts of the stolen cars is asked to contact us as soon as possible."

For more crime prevention information visit, while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at

It's also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate. Police can be called on 101, or to report a crime ongoing dial 999.