Police operation launched to tackle burglary in Newcastle's east end
Dated: 22 Sep 2017 13:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police have launched a specialist operation in the east end of Newcastle after a surge in burglary this month.
The Jesmond and Heaton areas of the city have seen a 25 per cent spike in the number of burglaries in September.
Students coming back to the city account for some of the rise but officers in the area have found long term residents have also fallen victims.
Lots of the incidents have seen opportunist thieves enter properties through unlocked windows or doors.
It is a pattern that has been seen across the force and police have been trying to educate residents in home security.
But now Northumbria Police officers working in the east end of Newcastle have launched a new operation to crackdown on burglary.
Operation Gold will see extra high visibility patrols hit the streets of Jesmond and Heaton to try and reduce the number of incidents.
They will also involve covert deployments and officers will be looking to seek intelligence from members of the public.
Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Byrne said Operation Gold was aimed at preventing burglary in the long term.
He said: "We know that this time of year we experience a spike in burglary across the force but this has been particularly significant in the east end.
"As a result we will be running Operation Gold over the next few weeks which will see targeted patrols in those areas most affected by burglaries.
"They will be looking to educate the public, carrying out intelligence operations and disrupting known offenders in the areas concerned.
"Our officers will also be working closely with the Central Burglary Team to monitor any patterns or trends relating to these most recent incidents.
"However this operation is focusing just as much on prevention as it is on targeting offenders and we want residents to take heed of our crime prevention advice.
"Regardless of where you live we would always advise that you keep your doors and ground floor windows locked and secure during the evenings.
"We would also suggest you don't leave car keys or high value items on display in hallways or porches as most thieves will be trying to get in and out as quickly as possible.
"If you see these patrols out and about then come and speak to us, tell us about any suspicious behaviour or concerns you have. Together we can make our communities a safer place to live."
The Operation Gold patrols will be conducted by the Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team with the support of response officers from the city.
To contact the officers working on Operation Gold either call 101 ext 62255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Further information about the Newcastle East NPT can be found here: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/your_neighbourhood/central_area_command/newcastle/east/
Crime prevention and home security advice can be found here: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/home_security/