Homeowners are being advised to be vigilant after a number of burglaries in North Tyneside.
Criminals have struck at homes in North Shields and Whitley Bay in recent weeks.
Now officers at Northumbria Police are issuing crime prevention advice to householders in a bid to prevent further offences.
During this recent spate of crime, offenders have gained access into properties during the evenings.
Police are asking people to keep a watchful eye out for any suspicious activity, and suspicious vehicles they may notice hanging around in their neighbourhoods, especially during the evenings.
Chief Inspector Helena Barron, of Northumbria Police, said: “We want to make people aware that these sorts of crimes are happening in residential areas in North Tyneside.
“We have additional police patrols taking place in areas that have been affected but we are also asking residents to take extra care.
“If you do see someone acting suspiciously where you live, for example people trying door handles, then please do call it in via 101.
“We want to nip this problem in the bud by alerting people to it.
“Our officers are also visiting properties in the area to speak to residents and personally giving them crime prevention advice.”
For further advice and information visit www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/home_security