Police cracking down on burglars

Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northern Area Command.
Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northern Area Command.

Dozens of people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on burglaries.

Officers across Northumberland and North Tyneside took part in an operation to target active burglars, with 27 arrests being made.

A total of 12 people were charged, one person summonsed, one caution issues, ten people bailed pending further enquiries and three released without charge.

Police also carried out search warrants, searching seven address and recovered over 75 items of stolen property – including three cars previously stolen when homes were burgled. Other items recovered included drugs, mobile phones, cash, perfume and tools.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northern Area Command, said: “We’re pleased with the results of this latest police operation and we want people, and criminals in particular, to know that we’re keeping up the pressure to stamp out this crime.

“Concentrating our resources in areas which have experienced these crimes is really paying off. We’ve been targeting suspects and ensuring we make the most of all forensic opportunities to gather evidence so we can put offenders before the courts.

“We’re also asking residents to help us by keeping their homes secure. Many of the burglaries reported to us occur in homes where doors or windows have been left unlocked.”

“Unfortunately many of these crimes are opportunistic and we know criminals will walk around areas simply trying doors to see if they’re unlocked. If so they will literally walk in and steal whatever is to hand.

“These types of crime are upsetting for residents and we want to help therm do what they can to prevent being a victim of this crime.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: “I have ensured that Northumbria Police has been proactive in tackling burglary and know the Chief Constable shares my determination in making sure this issue is treated as priority.

“Officers are working closely with the local residents and partners to help prevent these crimes and I hope this operation demonstrates loud and clear that Northumbria Police is taking a strong stance against criminals who commit burglary and they will be brought to justice.

“I urge local residents to take the advice on board and report anything suspicious so that police can investigate and take firm action.”

During the operation police have been offering crime prevention and home security advice to people in the community far and wide.

Officers have been setting up their crime prevention stall in North Tyneside at the Killingworth Centre, Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend, North Tyneside General Hospital, The Oxford Centre, Rising Sun Country Park and the Beacon Centre in North Shields.

Officers have also been ably assisted by volunteer Police Cadets who have handed out more than 300 crime prevention leaflets to householders on the doorsteps of Wallsend.

Police are continuing to carry out burglary prevention patrols and offer crime prevention advice to residents.

Supt Paterson added: “These efforts are making a difference and we’ve had some great feedback from residents who are pleased to speak to officers to find out how they can keep their homes safe.

“By working together with residents and our partners at the local authorities we can really make a difference and help to keep people safe.”