A TEAM of police support officers will be knocking on hundreds of doors as they step up their fight against metal thieves.
Community Support Officers working in the north of the city are gearing up to visit every address in the area to introduce themselves to residents.
They will also be on hand to dish out tips on how to keep homes safe from metal thieves and to urge people to report any suspicious activity to police.
Inspector Lisa Musgrove, who heads Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “A rise in the value of metal means there is a greater risk of it being stolen and we want the community to help us reduce this risk.
“CSOs from the neighbourhood policing team covering the north of Sunderland will be visiting every address in the area to introduce themselves to people.
“They’ll also be handing out a leaflet reminding residents of what they can do to help reduce the risk and encouraging them to report any suspicious activity to police.”
The move is among measures police are using to clamp down on the rising number of metal thieves striking across the city, with churches, homes, railway lines and businesses all being targeted.
Joint operations between Sunderland and Durham police and other bodies have seen hundreds of vehicles stopped and scrap yards visited this year alone.
Officers are continuing to work with scrap metal dealers to help identify those behind the thefts and have been carrying out checks on vehicles being used to transport metal.
Police are also reminding people transporting metal that they must have a licence.
Anyone wanting to report a crime or suspicious activity should phone police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more details on how to secure yourself against thieves, visit www.northumbria.police.uk