POLICE operation Jaguar will be leaping on thieves in Sunderland this Christmas.
The initiative, which focuses on acquisitive crime, will see extra police on patrol around car parks and shopping centres in the west of the city.
Officers will be targeting known offenders.
They will be tackling offences including theft, robbery, burglary, shoplifting and vehicle crime.
The operation forms part of Northumbria Police’s force-wide acquisitive crime campaign, “Don’t let thieves steal your Christmas”, which aims to crack down on all types of theft in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.
Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: “We’re determined not to let thieves ruin Christmas for people and will be disrupting their criminal activity and making sure they face the consequences of their actions.
“Extra officers will be on patrol around car parks and parking areas to deter any potential thieves.
“We would really urge residents to help us and play their part by taking some simple crime prevention steps and make it even harder for them.
“Our advice is never leave valuables on display in empty cars. This applies all year round, but especially if they’re Christmas shopping and planning on leaving shopping bags in the car.
“We’re also reminding shoppers to make sure they keep valuables such as wallets, purses and mobile phones secure and bags are zipped or fastened shut.
“By working together with our communities we can deter the minority of people who seem intent on causing misery to other people.
For more information and crime prevention advice, visit www.northumbria.police.uk