Crime prevention advice from Northern Area Command

07 Jul 2017 19:00 PM

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Northumbria Police is reminding the public not to offer an open invite to thieves. Officers from Northern Area Command, in Blyth, Northumberland, are urging people to keep windows and doors secure and be vigilant for thieves looking for an easy target.

Sergeant Nick Smith said: "Would-be thieves are on the lookout for unlocked doors and open windows in a bid to get their hands on your valuables. Opportunistic burglars will even try to grab keys, wallets and other items through our letterboxes. Our advice is simple and straightforward: keep your valuables and keys out of sight and away from your door.

"Don't forget, always lock your door, even if you are in the house, and when you leave a room make sure the window is closed. If you go out make sure your home is secure, setting burglar alarms and light timers. Ensure pedal bikes and other outdoor valuables are not left insecure in gardens as this can be a magnet for thieves. Let's not make it easy for them."

The advice follows a number of burglaries of homes in the Blyth area, some of which are thought to be as a result of unsecure properties. Police are stepping up patrols in the affected areas and carrying out disruption activity to known offenders to reassure residents.

Sergeant Smith adds: "Don't hesitate to report these kind of crimes by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Or if you see one of our officers on patrol, they'll be happy to give you some top tips on preventing this type of crime. Alternatively follow Blyth Neighbourhood Team on Twitter @NPNBlythNPT.”

Anyone with any information on the recent crimes in Blyth is asked to contact police or the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.