Determination to bring offenders to justice

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AS the Neighbourhood Police Inspector for the Whitley Bay area, I would like to highlight some important crime prevention advice to local residents.

First of all, it is worthy of note, that all crime within the Whitley Bay police sector, which includes Backworth, Shiremoor, West Allotment, Earsdon, Preston Grange, Marden, and Cullercoats, has been reduced by 24 per cent compared to the same period last year.

This equates to 114 fewer victims of crime.

In addition, we are currently detecting 53 per cent of all the crimes reported to us.

In practical terms, that means that if you report a crime to us, it is more likely than not that we will identify and take positive action against the offender.

I hope that those statistics give an indication of our ongoing determination to bring offenders to justice and make our area as safe as it can be.

Whilst the numbers of overall crimes have been significantly reduced, reports of thefts of property from inside motor vehicles have not followed this trend and there have been 20 such crimes reported since June 1 this year.

These have mainly occurred during the night and almost all vehicles in question have been left unlocked.

Your policing team have been working hard to combat this situation through a number of means, including targeted patrols and operations in the areas where this activity has been taking place.

I would like to remind all residents that simple precautions will help to prevent crime from occurring.

Please be assured that your policing team is committed to reducing all types of crime and the purpose of this letter is to help achieve that.

Should you see anything suspicious in your area please contact Northumbria Police immediately, the non-emergency telephone number is 101. In an emergency dial 999.

JIM GRAY

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector