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Cadets to support burglary operation in Benwell

08 Jun 2018 12:00 PM

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The police cadets are offering crime prevention advice in the west end of Newcastle after a spate of burglaries this week.

Dozens of Northumbria Police’s teenage volunteers have been supporting frontline policing this week as part of National Volunteers Week.

And many of the cadets will be hitting the streets of Benwell to support officers from the Newcastle West Neighbourhood Policing Team.

They will be joining officers and community support officers to offer reminders to residents about keeping their homes secure.

It comes after nine reports of burglary in the area around the Benwell Terraces in the past two weeks.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison has praised the cadets for supporting his officers and said it is important local communities listen to their message.

He said: “We have had a really busy couple of weeks in our region with a number of events, including the Ramadan festivities.

“This has seen a bit of a spike in criminality with an increase in the number of burglaries around the Benwell Terraces.

“A number of these incidents have seen intruders entering properties through open windows and unlocked doors before making off with stolen goods.

“Inquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible and arrest them but in the mean time we have increased our visibility in the area.

“That has seen neighbourhood officers, community support officers and now our volunteer police cadets hitting the streets and engaging with the local community.

“Our cadets in particular have been a great asset when it comes to delivering some of those crime prevention tips that can help make our homes a less attractive target for thieves.

“If we remember to lock doors and keep windows closed then straight away we are making it more difficult for criminals to operate.”  

Anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously in their local community should contact police on 101. 

You can also report suspicious activity online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact. If you see a crime in action then always call 999.