POLICE are hunting opportunist burglars responsible for a mini-crimewave in Washington in the last week.
All five burglaries have involved intruders getting into properties via rear doors, including patio, French, and balcony doors.
The first property, a flat in Kenilworth Court, in Sulgrave, was targetted some time between 2.20pm and 11.15 last Wednesday, and thieves made off with games consoles and a computer.
Another burglary happened at The Generals Wood, in Harraton, between 6.30am and 7.50pm, on Saturday, with several items stolen. And between last Thursday and Saturday, thieves broke into an address in Haydon, Fatfield.
Between 10.10am and 1.50pm on, Monday thieves got into a house in Wimpole Close through a patio door, while thieves attempted to break into a house in Blue House Court, in Donwell, via the conservatory, between midnight and 7am the following day.
Police have stepped up their patrols in the Washington area and officers are offering crime prevention advice.
The town’s acting inspector, Dave Cole, said: “Burglary is a devastating crime and we’re keen to let residents know that we’ve increased patrols since these latest incidents and are doing all we can to tackle those suspected of being involved.
“We would also ask that people ensure they follow simple crime prevention advice to keep their homes and property secure.
“The majority of thieves are opportunist and by taking some small steps to improve security and vigilance it can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to such a crime.
“Residents play a vital role in keeping thieves at bay and I’d urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in their community or who has information about those involved in crime to contact us as soon as possible, anonymously if necessary.”
Police can be contacted on 101, extension 69191. More crime prevention advice is available at www.northumbria.police.uk