PEOPLE are being warned to keep their windows and doors locked – or become a victim of crime.
Police in Sunderland are carrying out Operation Soundwave – a crackdown on opportunist thieves, including those who break into properties through open windows and doors.
Uniformed and plain-clothes officers are increasing patrols across the city to target suspected offenders and reassure residents.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Gary Dunning wants to hear from residents who see anything suspicious.
He said: “Officers are carrying out intelligence-led operations across the area, targeting individuals believed to be responsible for the majority of crime across the city.
“We know there is a lot of support from the community and welcome their efforts to report suspicious activity to us and want this to continue. The information we receive from residents is vital.
“There are a few simple steps everyone can take to assist the police and reduce the likelihood of themselves becoming a victim.
“Simple things like locking your doors and removing keys from the lock, closing your windows or investing in a timer switch for your lights can make a real difference to protecting your property.”
Police can be contacted on 101.