Police advise residents on how to keep burglars at bay
Police are reminding residents in north Northumberland to keep their doors and windows securely locked to stop burglars.
Unusually warm weather in late September and earlier in October has meant people often having windows open and doors on the latch, leaving homes insecure.
Police have seen opportunist burglars take advantage of this to sneak into homes to steal.
Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northumbria Police’s Northern Area Command said: “We know only too well that an open door is the same as an open invitation to a thief. Would-be burglars will walk up a street trying door handles until they strike lucky - at your expense.
“Locking your door can be the difference between burgled or not, so please make sure you protect your home and your property at all times - even when inside.
“Our advice is don’t make it easy for them. Take a few simple steps to keep burglars at bay.”
Neighbourhood officers are patrolling areas which have seen incidents of burglary over recent weeks, to deter thieves.
Police recommend that if you have a UPVC front door, take a moment to make sure you keep it locked, especially before you go to bed at night.
If a burglar gets inside your home they will pick up any portable valuable property they can immediately see, whether it’s a mobile, purse, wallet or your car keys.
Police are continuing to target active burglars and put offenders before the courts but the best way to prevent this happening is to take crime prevention seriously to protect your home.
To report suspicious behaviour where you live call 101.
For further crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk