Third of all burglaries to unlocked homes
01 Feb 2017 07:30 AM[View Full Size]
Almost one third of all of the burglaries in Newcastle and Gateshead in January were to homes that had been left unlocked.
In total police received 158 reports of burglaries across the two areas during January - 112 in Newcastle and 46 in Gateshead.
In 48 of the 158 burglaries the offenders got inside the property through either an unlocked door or window.
This figure is alarming, especially because of the personal impact on victims who are burgled. Officers are urging residents in both of the areas to make sure their homes are locked and secure at all times.
Chief Inspector Alison Best explains: "This tells us that burglars are looking for that easy opportunity to target homes that have been left unlocked. Burglars see an unlocked window or door as an opportunity to come inside your home and help themselves to your things, so please think about this and make sure your home is secure.
"Check, double check and triple check your doors and windows, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Don't take chances with your home security; fit security locks, ensure alarms are switched on and used and make use of light timers and other security devices. The simplest bit of advice I can give though is to simply make sure you lock your doors and windows at all times."
Officers are doing their bit to stop burglars, making 48 arrests in connection with the burglaries in Newcastle and Gateshead during January.
25 of them have been charged with offences and will appear at court in due course.
Chief Inspector Best added: "We are relentless in targeting burglars. Everyday our policing teams throughout Newcastle and Gateshead are specifically tasked and focused on finding those people who are responsible for burglaries and arresting them. We will not stop pursuing burglars and holding them responsible for their actions. I would ask the public to support us in this by doing everything you can to secure your home.
"Lock your homes, look after your property and always report anyone suspicious you see hanging around streets and neighbourhoods. You could be helping stop burglaries from happening and helping us keep our communities safe."