Volunteer Police Cadets support crime prevention initiative in Gateshead

15 Nov 2016 14:00 PM

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Volunteer Police Cadets will be offering crime prevention advice to residents in Whickham this weekend as part of an operation aimed at keeping thieves at bay.

Earlier this month, Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team launched Operation Safeguard - a crime prevention initiative that will run through the months of November and December.

Last weekend Northumbria Police's Volunteer Police Cadets were at Morrison's in Blaydon to offer crime prevention advice to shoppers.

And, this weekend they will be in Fellside estate in Whickham to check for unlocked vehicles and remind motorists how they can help stop their vehicle from being targeted.

Gateshead West Neighbourhood Sergeant Warren Sturrock said: "Leaving a vehicle unlocked is an open invitation to a thief trying the door on the off chance it has been left open and we want to make sure our local residents don't fall victim to them.

"On Friday and Saturday evening our volunteer police cadets will be out on patrol in Fellside Estate to check for unlocked vehicles and offer crime prevention advice to the owners. Hopefully, if someone has left a vehicle unlocked our cadets will find it before a thief does."

Northumbria Police has recently recruited for the next intake of Volunteer Police Cadets, successful applicants will start the scheme early next year.

Insp Warcup added: "Our volunteer police cadet are fantastic and always really keen to get involved and support us in initiative such as this, and we're very grateful for the support they do provide."

For more crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website

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