A week of police action is taking place targeting burglars.
Officers will be patrolling the streets in ‘hot spot’ areas that have been targeted by burglars.
They will be aiming to prevent further offences and give reassurance to residents.
Police are targeting offenders and increasing their activity to deter criminals and are working with partners including local authorities to give householders crime prevention advice.
During the week (starting today) neighbourhood officers are offering people the opportunity to get crime prevention advice at the following locations:
The Killingworth Centre, White Swan Centre, Killingworth, from 3pm to 6pm;
Segedunum Roman Fort, Buddle Street, Wallsend, 9.30am to 3pm;
North Tyneside General Hospital reception area, Rake Lane, North Tyneside, 9.30am to 4pm;
The Oxford Centre, West Farm Avenue, Longbenton, from 2pm to 4pm;
Rising Sun Country Park, Shiremoor, at the Active North Tyneside Family Fun Day, from 11am to 2pm;
Beacon Centre, Bedford Street North Shields, North Shields, 1pm to 5pm;
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: “Operations like this clearly demonstrate that Northumbria Police is listening to local residents and is working hard to drive down crime and ensure those responsible are caught and put before the courts.
“I will make sure that tackling burglary continues to be a top priority for our officers and urge residents to keep working with your neighbourhood police teams, take crime prevention steps to protect your property and report anything suspicious so the police can take firm action.”
Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northern Area Command, said: “Crime prevention plays a crucial part in helping reduce the number of burglaries – and the chances of a home being broken into. This includes making sure properties are secure and look occupied.
“We know it’s all too easy for a sneak-in thief to help themselves to your hard earned property. Our advice is don’t make it easy for them – keep it locked and secure.
“Residents are our eyes and ears, so if you see anything suspicious in your community or have information about those involved in burglaries where you live, let us know straight away so we can investigate.
“Officers are working to ensure our priority is catching offenders who commit burglaries and taking them off our streets to keep our communities safe.”
Police are working with North Tyneside Council during the week, who are also highlighting safeguarding vulnerable residents.
Coun Alison Waggott-Fairley, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “As part of the third annual SAFE week in North Tyneside, council staff are working with partners to raise awareness about keeping our vulnerable residents, who are at risk of abuse, or are already being abused, safe from harm.
“We are providing information at a range of community events and summer festivals throughout the week, whilst residential and nursing care homes across the borough are getting involved by holding coffee mornings, to widen the understanding of safeguarding in our borough and how we can all recognise the signs of abuse and how we can report it.
“I am happy to see that the police are also supporting this very important campaign – this is another good example of multi-partnership working to support members of the community and help residents look after one another.”