A SPATE of burglaries in Whitley Bay has prompted police to remind householders to be on their guard and make sure their homes are secure.
The nights getting darker sooner can make it easier for burglars to get around unnoticed, so police are urging residents to make sure their doors and windows are kept locked.
Sergeant Dave Foy, of Whitley Bay’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “We’ve seen a number of burglaries where people have left doors and windows unlocked.
“That makes it easy for a thief to sneak in and steal from your home.
“Small, portable but valuable items are being targeted including iPhones, laptops and cash, which are easy for intruders to grab and go.
“We’re also asking people to keep car keys out of sight to prevent thieves stealing cars as part of a burglary.
“We’re reminding people to think about security and keep their homes locked and to report any suspicious behaviour to the police.
“Since September, four people have been charged with house burglary offences, and officers are continuing to target this type of crime.”
Extra police patrols are being carried out in parts of the town targeted by burglars to reassure residents that action is being taken and deter potential offenders from committing crimes.
Police are also encouraging residents to join neighbourhood watch schemes, virtual or otherwise.