POTENTIAL burglars are being warned they will get caught if they step out of line.
Police have issued the warning to would-be burglars after four people were arrested in Killingworth last Wednesday as part of an operation targeting suspected offenders.
In a series of raids three men, aged 47, 27 and 15, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and a woman, aged 36, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Chief Inspector Richard Yeats, of North Tyneside Area Command, said: “This week we’ve taken action to show burglars that their activities will not be tolerated in our community and our message to would-be offenders is crystal clear – step out of line and you will get caught.
“We’re doing our part and we need local residents to do theirs.
“Burglars are often opportunists on the look-out for unlocked doors and open windows.
“Don’t make it easy for a burglar to walk into your home and help themselves to your valuables.
“By making sure doors and windows are locked at all times, even when in another part of the house or in the garden, you can reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a crime.
“I would also ask people to be vigilant and ask their neighbours to be vigilant.
“If you see someone acting suspiciously, contact police so the information can be acted on.”
Officers are urging local residents who see someone acting suspiciously in their community, such as walking up a street trying doors, to contact police straightaway.
Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website at www.northumbria.police.uk
Anyone with information about any burglaries in their area should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.