Burglars turn to angling to pick up the catch of the day

15 Aug 2016 11:39 AM

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Burglars in Sunderland have turned to angling to pick up the catch of the day - sets of keys.

Between 11.30pm  Monday (August 8) and 8am on Tuesday (August 9) police were informed there had been a burglary in Charter Drive in Sunderland.

The offenders pushed a bamboo cane with a hook on the end through the letter-box to get car keys that were in the hallway. They then used the keys to steal the car on the driveway. The car is a black BMW X6 registration M14 KYY.

The same day between 1am and 7am there was also a similar incident in Dykelands Road where an object was used through a letter-box to steal house keys - the offenders used the keys to unlock the front door. Again, they took car keys to steal two cars parked on the driveway. The incident happened between 1am and 7.15am on Tuesday August 9. The cars taken were a blue Ford Fiesta registration NX09 USZ and a black Nissan Micra registration MA06 OCS which remain outstanding.

Police are carrying out enquiries into both incidents and are appealing for any witnesses - in particular anyone who may know the whereabouts of the vehicles. However, officers also want to remind local residents not to leave sets of keys within sight or reach of any access points to the property, including the letter-box, doors and windows.

Last Friday police carried out a joint operation with Durham Constabulary and arrested two men - aged 35 and 34 - on suspicion of carrying out similar offences across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: "Burglars are taking advantage of people leaving sets of keys in the hallway and using makeshift fishing rods to steal them so they can either steal a vehicle parked outside or use them to get easy access to the house and while this tactic is not new - we've seen it before many times - we are starting to see a slight increase in the number of recent incidents where this has happened.

"We consistently issue crime prevention advice and encourage our communities to make sure they keep their homes secure by locking doors and closing windows when they are not in the room but unfortunately if they have left keys on a table or hanging by the front door they are still leaving themselves open to becoming a victim.

"Rather than leaving keys by the front or back door or near a window our advice would be store them in a drawer out of view from anyone looking in - if burglars can't see them they're less likely to target your home."

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