Police in Northumberland are reminding people to keep their property secure during the summer months.
It follows a spate of thefts of items such as bikes, tools and equipment from gardens as well as property which has been left near open windows and doors.
The advice is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.
Superintendent Steve Howes, Northumberland Area Command, said: “We’ve received a number of reports where people have told us they only left something - whether it be a bike or lawnmower - for a couple of minutes and when they’ve got back it’s been gone.
“It includes bikes being left unsecure outside shops or in gardens, lawnmowers and strimmers which have been left outside, property left lying on display in vehicles with the windows wound down, as well as thieves reaching in through windows and stealing valuables left nearby - including car keys.
“There’s no place for thieves in our communities and we’re working hard to identify those responsible.
“Unfortunately thieves do operate and it’s important they protect their property. Always store property away in sheds and outbuildings once finished with them and make sure doors and windows to homes and outbuildings are secure.
“It just takes a second for a thief to steal something which has been left lying unattended and by taking a few moments to ensure property is secure this can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to such a crime.”