A new Northumbria Police operation has been launched to tackle burglars in the borough.
Extra patrols will be taking place in North Shields after a spate of burglaries to sheds, garages and outbuildings during the evenings and overnight.
The operation includes stopping and speaking to those suspected of being involved in burglaries in the area, while officers will be working to establish where stolen property is going after being stolen.
People are being asked to play their part by taking crime prevention steps and reporting suspicious activity to police.
North Tyneside Area Command Superintendent Paul Orchard said: “Residents might notice an increase in activity in the area with extra patrols taking place.
“While we continue to do everything possible to tackle those we believe are involved in these crimes I’d urge residents to take steps to secure their property.”
Advice includes making sure their property is securely stored away, lock sheds and garages and consider installing alarms, external security lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.
Supt Orchard added: “As the darker nights set in residents should be vigilant.
“The value of items people keep inside their shed or garage quickly adds up and it might come to more than they realise. It’s just as important to keep sheds and outbuildings secure as it is to keep homes secure.
“Residents are also our eyes and ears on the ground and information they have is vital. Whether it’s about suspicious people or vehicles they see in their area, to information they’ve been passed about those who may be involved.”
Police are also reminding residents to sign up with free property registering website www.immobilise.com, and get more crime prevention from the force website at www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention