Police and partners deliver burglary prevention advice

04 Mar 2016 16:15 PM

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Police and partners are offering residents in Hetton-le-Hole crime prevention tips this weekend as they deliver burglary prevention advice.

Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, supported by Northumbria Police's Volunteer Police Cadets, will be delivering booklets that include a whole host of advice to addresses in the town.

The booklets, funded for by the Safer Sunderland Partnership, include advice on the steps people can take to protect their home and their property. A large number of burglaries happen because doors are left unlocked or possessions on view or simply the security measures that have been taken are easy for a burglar to negotiate around.

Tips on what makes a home attractive to a burglar are included, for example no security lighting, no visible burglar alarm - or a wheelie bin left in the street or at the front of the property.

The comprehensive guide gives useful advice on making sure doors are secure and how to deter burglars.

The activity is supported by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Vera Baird said: "By providing this information, I hope local residents will use it as a reminder to double check doors and windows are locked.  I also have a message to burglars – Northumbria Police will do everything within their power to catch you and get you before the courts. 

"We will continue to work with residents to tackle this issue."

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Les Goodliff said: "There have been a number of burglaries in the area recently and there is a lot of work on-going to tackle this issue, including regular patrols in the areas that are affected and a key part of our work is crime prevention advice.

"Our priority is ensuring our communities do not fall victim to these burglars and we want to make sure they are equipped with security information so they can take steps to make it difficult for burglars.

"Burglars will target homes that have inadequate security measures, they look out for unlocked doors, houses without a visible burglar alarm or no security lighting. They also look out for valuables left on display by a window as they know if they break into the property there is something worthwhile and easy for them to steal.

"We hope local residents in Hetton find the information useful and it helps them to think a little bit more about how secure their home is. This weekend we will focus on Hetton, however, over the next couple of weeks will also be delivering the guides to addresses in Easington Lane and Houghton."

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman added: "Raising people’s awareness of what might make their homes  a target for burglars, actively involves everyone in  crime prevention.

"The advice booklets are designed to make us all think twice about things we might take for granted.  You might assume that someone else in the house has locked the door if you go out , but you need check that is actually the case even if you are just nipping out into the garden. 

"Simple precautions  can do so much to improve the security of your house, and we hope this simple guide will encourage people to become even more careful."

For further crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website

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