Burglars strike in Heaton and Jesmond
29 Jun 2016 13:51 PM[View Full Size]
Police are warning residents in Heaton and Jesmond to lock their doors after a number of recent burglaries.
In the last seven days there has been ten reported burglaries to homes across the two areas.
Eight of these ten homes had been left unlocked and unsecured, meaning the burglars were easily able to get inside the properties and help themselves to peoples' items.
Enquiries are ongoing into these incidents however officers are warning all homeowners to lock their windows and doors and make sure their homes are secure, even when inside the house.
Neighbourhood Inspector Gary Kay said: "Burglars are currently active in the Heaton and Jesmond areas of Newcastle and are specifically looking for houses that have doors or windows left unlocked and open. An open door is like an invite for a burglar and allows them to be in and out of a home in minutes.
"Please lock your doors and your windows overnight when you go to bed. Always lock them when you leave your home, even for just a short while, and also consider making sure doors are locked when you are inside your home, as we have seen incidents where burglars have struck while the victims have been in other parts of the house.
"Just locking a door or window could be the difference as to whether or not you are targeted by a burglar. So these really simple steps could make all the difference.
"We are speaking to people and knocking on doors in Jesmond and Heaton and reminding people to protect their homes, we are also carrying out enquiries into the recent number of burglaries we have seen. If anyone has any information that I'd ask they contact us on 101 quoting operation Diamond.
Full list of the areas where burglaries were committed:
Jesmond Dene Terrace, Wych Elm Crescent, Meldon Terrace, Guildford Place, Shortridge Terrace, Debdon Gardens, Marleen Avenue, Seventh Avenue, Beatrice Road and Manor House Road.