Beat the burglar this Christmas by keeping your home secure
29 Nov 2016 14:51 PM[View Full Size]
That's the message from Northumbria Police as we want to help people keep their homes safe from burglars - especially in the run up to Christmas.
Police in Northumberland and North Tyneside are urging residents to take simple steps to protect their homes and belongings from burglars and thieves.
Burglars are often opportunist and look to get inside insecure homes, so make sure doors and windows are locked when leaving your home and especially when you go to bed at night.
Chief Inspector Helena Barron said: "At this time of year most people are busy getting ready for the festive season, however, it is important that you remember to protect your home from burglars.
"Being burgled is a deeply upsetting crime to happen at any time of the year, but is especially difficult when it happens at Christmas.
"We know most burglars are opportunist, if a property has been left insecure it is far easier for them to break-in and be in and out of the property in minutes, stealing valuable items in the process.
"Burglars will also knock on the door, if there's no answer they will try the door handle - if the door has been left unlocked they can just walk straight in.
"Just locking doors and securing windows could be the difference between being broken into and not - it is that simple.
"Our message is don't advertise your belongings to thieves. Make sure that valuables - including the Christmas presents people buy for families and friends - are stored out of sight and kept safe. People are also advised not to leave valuable items clearly on display through windows."