POLICE have launched an operation to tackle burglaries in Cleadon and Boldon.
Extra high-profile patrols will take place in a bid to prevent break-ins, as well as undercover operations to identify thieves and burglars.
It comes after a number of recent burglaries to homes and garages.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Extra patrols – both uniformed and covert – are taking place in the area, including the horse section, which will provide a high-visibility presence in the area at key times.
“We’ll be speaking with residents about crime prevention and urging them to report suspicious activity they see in their area.
“We understand the devastating impact being the victim of a burglary can be, and that’s why it remains a priority for us to prevent offences from taking place and deal with those responsible.”
People are reminded to take steps to protect their property.
Insp Hudson added: “Some burglaries are opportunist and people should make sure they secure windows and lock doors to homes, sheds and garages, especially when going out or overnight.”
People are also warning people to keep their cars locked after five break-ins from unlocked cars in the area this month.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Jon Commons said: “If leaving a vehicle for any length of time, it should always be locked.
“Thieves are opportunist in their nature and will try doors until they hit lucky.
“Even if a car is secure, items on show will tempt passing thieves.”