Wearsiders are being urged to ‘beat the burglar’ and keep their possessions safe from thieves this November.
Officers across Northumbria Police will be focusing on burglary during the month in a bid to raise awareness, and to try and prevent burglaries from happening.
Burglary is a horrible, devastating crime and we want to work with the public to help protect them from it.Detective Superintendent David Felton, of Northumbria Police
Police are launching an online offensive, using the hashtag #BeatTheBurglar, to advise people on how to keep thieves out of their homes.
Detective Superintendent David Felton said: “Burglary is a horrible, devastating crime and we want to work with the public to help protect them from it.
“Historically at this time of year with the onset of darker nights we see a rise in burglaries, as thieves use the cover of darkness to burgle.
“We need the public to work with us to help us prevent burglaries from taking place.
“Our priority is catching offenders who commit burglaries and taking them off our streets.
“But crime prevention is key and by working together we can help crack down on burglary.
“Anyone who has been a victim of burglary will tell you that one of the most difficult things to come to terms with – apart from losing expensive and precious belongings – is that someone has been in your home, searched through your private belongings and invaded your personal space.”
Throughout November police will be carrying out days of action to target those suspected of being involved in burglary, as well as hosting crime-prevention events, property marking days and publishing a series of tips on social media accounts.
More information at www.northumbria.police.uk/homesecurity.