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Burglary crime prevention advice

14 Nov 2016 10:02 AM

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Police are advising residents in the North Heaton area of Newcastle to be vigilant following recent burglaries in the area.

Officers have seen an increase in incidents over the last week and Inspector Steve Byrne is asking people to report any suspicious behaviour.

He said: "We have seen more house burglaries reported to us recently, these offences are happening during the day when many people are out at work, so we're asking people to be good neighbours and keep a watchful eye out for anyone seen sneaking around local streets, trying door handles or peering over back yard or rear gardens.

"We know burglars can also quickly get into homes if they are left insecure, so we want to remind people to make sure they do lock up before they leave home."

Police are stepping up patrols in the affected areas to deter offenders and catch active burglars.

Police are also advising people to take simple crime prevention measures:

Ensure windows and doors are always securely locked - even when you're at home

Don't leave keys in the back of doors where they can be easily taken

Remove all valuables from within easy reach of doors or windows

Never leave property such as gardening equipment, tools and bikes unattended outside - store them in locked sheds or garages

For more crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website at http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/home_security/

People are encouraged to sign up with free national property register www.immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered it can be returned to the rightful owner. It also makes it difficult for thieves to dispose of stolen property and profit from their crimes.

Residents are also urged to report anything unusual or suspicious they see in their community to police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.