Police make 1,700 burglary arrests in a year

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Police are reminding residents to lock out burglars across the Northumbria Police force area as Operation Soundwave continues.

And while police continue to take action against offenders they are reminding people to secure their property to keep burglars at bay.

The advice is part of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria supported Operation Soundwave campaign - aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Northumbria Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “We continue to do everything we can to tackle suspected burglars, and since April last year there have been more than 1,700 arrests in connection with burglary offences.

“We’re aware of the impact being a victim of a burglary can have, it’s a devastating invasion of privacy, and that’s why a lot of our work is around preventing them from happening in the first place.

“This includes putting burglars behind bars to prevent them from offending, but also making sure residents have the advice they need to keep their homes secure.

“There will be no let up on burglars - with more than 300 burglaries and over 200 arrests since the start of the year action continues to be taken.”

Police are urging residents to take a few moments to secure their homes. T/ACC Calvert added: “We’ve had almost 900 burglary offences since last April which potentially could have been prevented by some crime prevention steps.

“We know burglars try door handles attempting to find homes which are unlocked or with windows open and it’s vital people take time to lock their doors and windows, even when inside, making it difficult for offenders.

“By taking a few simple steps residents can significantly reduce their risk of falling victim to such a crime.”

Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, added: “Reducing crime is one of my Police and Crime Plan objectives and Operation Soundwave has proved very effective in both tackling those criminals carrying out burglaries and giving crime prevention advice to our communities.

“I know the force will continue targeting this crime and those who are determined to continue stealing from people’s homes.

“Officers will also continue working with our communities offering advice and information which will all help towards protecting people’s properties and belongings.”

Residents are also urged to consider installing security devices such as CCTV, an alarm or security lighting, all of which puts thieves off, and they should consider using timer lights to come on at night.

They should also report any unusual activity, people or vehicles in their neighbourhood to police straight away.

For more crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website

Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, to report a crime ongoing dial 999.

Residents are also reminded to take a few minutes to sign up to free property registering website www.Immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it’s easily returned to the rightful owner.

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