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Police cadets help officers tackle thefts

21 Aug 2015 13:00 PM

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Sunderland Volunteer Police Cadets have been helping police and council staff tackle wheelie bin thefts.

This follows a recent spate of thefts reported by Farringdon residents. Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working with staff from Sunderland Council and enlisted the help of the cadets to get the crime prevention message across to householders.

Acting Sergeant Patrick Scott, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The Sunderland Volunteer Police Cadets have been invaluable in helping us to speak to more residents about the issue. The cadets have given their time during their school holidays to help us.

"We've been speaking to people who have put their bins out for their weekly collection, to make them aware of the local problem and how to prevent this happening to them.

"This type of theft is not just annoying and time consuming for residents to have to deal with, it is also expensive. This is not a victimless crime, the local authority bears the cost to replace stolen bins and police officer time is used to investigate these thefts.

"I'd also ask for residents to be vigilant and to report anyone acting suspiciously around wheelie bins to help prevent other offences."

Residents have been advised just to put their bins out on the day of bin collection and to retrieve them as soon as they can after they have been emptied. Bins left in back lanes or on the street for several days are more likely to be targeted by thieves.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey, said: "Thanks to all the cadets here as these reminders are always appreciated.

"The council, too, has been advising householders and would always urge people to put your bin out on the day of collection and please retrieve it as soon as possible. You could end up being charged for a replacement bin."

Northumbria Police Volunteer Cadets join the scheme aged 14 or 15. Senior Cadets are aged around 17 and 18.
More information about the Northumbria Police Cadet Scheme visit the working for us section of the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk

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