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Police issue burglary advice following onset of warm weather

03 Apr 2017 15:30 PM

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Police officers in Newcastle and Gateshead are offering advice to residents as the weather warms up in our region.

Temperatures rose over the weekend which saw many people take to the garden to top up their tan and enjoy a cold drink in the sun.

Officers across Central Area Command also enjoyed the warm weather as they patrolled our region.

However, they have asked members of the public to remain vigilant and to avoid offering an open invite to opportunistic thieves.

In warm weather thieves will be looking for open windows and unlocked doors as residents take to the outdoors to enjoy the sunshine after a chilly winter.

But now a top cop in Central Area Command has offered some simple crime prevention tips to avoid residents falling victim to burglary.

Chief Inspector Jane Fairlamb said: "It is great that we can enjoy the sunshine after a chilly winter but residents in busy urban areas need to be aware that this can create a playing ground for opportunistic thieves.

"People will spend more time outside and leave their homes insecure, whether that be leaving the window open or their external doors unlocked.

"The sad truth is that opportunistic thieves will be on the look out for these things and treat it as an open invitation to your home. Don't make it that easy for them.

"Always lock your door, even if you are in the house, and when you leave a room then make sure the window is closed. If you go out then make sure your home is secure.

"Also make sure that you don' leave items such as keys, phones or wallets near to the front door. It makes it easy for these thieves and you can do something about it."

This weekend saw six separate reports of burglaries across Newcastle and Gateshead which are thought to be linked to insecure premises

Officers investigating those burglaries have already charged a 30-year-old man in connection with a burglary in the Benwell area of the city.

Two more men - aged 22 and 21 - have also been arrested in connection with two offences in the West End of Newcastle.

Enquiries into all of the burglaries are ongoing and anyone with any information that could help police should contact officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Chief inspector Fairlamb added: "We have already taken positive action to identify those responsible for these burglaries and take the appropriate action but we now want to make sure nobody else falls victim to opportunistic thieves.

"Our officers will be on patrol across the region to offer tips on how you can make your home secure so we can all enjoy the sunshine without falling victim to crime."

Further crime prevention advice can also be found by visiting the Northumbria Police website at www.northumbria.police.uk.