RESIDENTS are being urged to be alert to the dangers of card skimming devices.
Cases of thefts using the devices at cash machines are still continuing, leading to police issuing a renewed warning.
The devices come in two parts – a card reader filled around the card slot and a PIN reader in the form of a mobile phone camera fitted behind a plate with a pin hole above the screen.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Young said: “We want to alert people to be on their guard when using cash point machines.
“If members of the public do have any concerns that the machine they are about to use could have been tampered with they should report it to the bank, store or police straightaway.
“If anyone sees someone acting suspiciously around a cash point they should report it to police straightaway.”
Anyone with any information into the incidents, or to report suspicious behaviour around cash points, should contact Northumbria Police on the new 101 non-emergency number.