Warning following spate of break-ins

Residents are being urged to secure doors and windows of their homes following a spate of break-ins.

Police have issued the reminder following reports of offences taking place overnight – mainly in and around the town centre areas of Whitley Bay and Cullercoats – after doors were left unlocked.

Following a report of a burglary at 4.20am on Monday August 4, police arrested two men on suspicion of burglary.

They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Jonathan May said: “It’s believed offenders have been trying doors during the night and early hours of the morning and taking advantage of those they find unlocked.

“We know the impact being the victim of a burglary can be and that’s why it remains a priority for us – we’ll continue to do everything possible to take action against those suspected of being involved in such offences.

“Extra patrols are taking place in the area to provide reassurance to the community and to prevent any further offences from taking place.

“It’s a timely reminder for residents to keep their homes secure, make sure doors are locked, particularly overnight or if in the garden or another part of the house.

“It takes a thief just a few seconds to reach in and steal valuables, such as cash, mobile phones or even car keys.”

He added: “By taking a few simple crime prevention steps you can reduce you risk of becoming the victim of such a crime.”