Police step up patrols after a rise in thefts

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Residents in Wallsend are being urged to make sure their property is safe, secured and marked.

Wallsend neighbourhood policing team has made tackling thefts and burglaries a priority after an increase in the number of bike thefts with sheds and garages targeted.

Additional officers have been carrying out patrols on foot and bikes to reassure residents, deter potential thieves and catch those responsible.

Checks have also been carried out on stolen property to see if recovered bikes could be returned to their rightful owner.

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth said: “We have seen a rise in the number of bikes stolen and sheds and garages broken into in the area and we have been working to catch those responsible and help prevent any further thefts.

“We’re asking people to help us and make sure they take crime prevention measures. Never leave an unlocked bike unattended, make sure it is locked to a fixed post and make sure garages and sheds are locked with a secure, good quality, lock.”

Bike owners are also being urged to note the serial/frame numbers of the bike as well as keep a photograph of the bike.