Operation launched to tackle thieves

28 Jan 2015 14:35 PM

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Police have launched an operation to tackle thieves and burglars in Sunderland.

Sunderland City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team have launched the crackdown after reports of burglaries and thefts from cars, particularly in the Millfield and Ashbrooke areas.

Since Friday, extra patrols have been taking place at key times, both high visibility to prevent offences and plain clothes operations to catch suspected offenders.

The operation has already results in one man aged 46 being charged with a burglary in the city centre.

The activity is part of the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner supported Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling suspected thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Neil Hudspeth said: "We're carrying out extra patrols in the area after reports of thefts and burglaries, as well as targeting those suspected of being involved.

"A key part of the operation is making sure people in the area have crime prevention advice to keep their property safe as many of the crimes have happened after homes and cars have been left insecure.

"Taking a few moments to make sure doors are locked and nothing of value is left within reach of doors and windows is important as burglars will seek out vulnerable properties.

"And make sure cars are locked and anything of value, like sat navs, mobile phones and bags are removed from the vehicle altogether or out of sight in the boot."

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "Reducing crime is a priority of my Police and Crime Plan and I am determined the force tackles burglaries and thefts across the force region.

"I hope our communities in Sunderland will take advantage of their local officers to find out crime prevention advice which can help them to protect their homes and property."

Other advice includes making the house look occupied by leaving a light on if you go out, and considering installing an alarm, CCTV or outdoor security lighting can make a difference.

Motorists should park in secure, well lit areas and always make sure it's locked, even if leaving it just for a few minutes.

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.