Crime prevention campaign

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Police are warning thieves that a winter crackdown to silence criminals in Northumbria is continuing.

Operation Soundwave - which launched last summer and continued right across the festive season - sees officers target those involved in opportunist crime and promote crime prevention advice.

And police are warning there will be no let up for thieves and burglars as the crackdown continues.

Extra patrols are being carried out in communities where thefts and burglaries have taken place, as well as town centre shopping areas to prevent shoplifting and pickpockets.

Suspects are proactively targeted and enforcement action is taken against anyone involved to ensure they are put before the courts.

Crime prevention also plays an important part of the campaign, making sure residents have the right advice to secure their property and keep thieves at bay.

Northumbria Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “We’re not long into the New Year and I want to reassure people there is no let up on those who cause misery in communities.

“Those who steal and burgle have a total disregard for other people’s property and they cause great distress and frustration to victims, as well as impacting on the wider community.

“We continue to work closely with partners to target those people suspected of being involved in opportunist crime and put them before the courts for their actions. Crime prevention also plays a key part of Operation Soundwave.”

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