BOBBIES have returned to their beat in a bid to tackle the increasing problem of car and shed break-ins as the nights draw in.
Extra officers are patrolling areas of Seaburn and Fulwell overnight after thefts from cars, sheds and garages.
It follows recent reports of incidents in the area, including thefts from cars in Broomshields Close, Broomshields Avenue and Bond Close, and a garage burglary in Newcastle Road, on October 22.
Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “Historically we see an increase in such offences as the darker nights set in, and thieves are looking for opportunities to steal.
“Motorists should take a few moments to ensure their vehicles are locked when leaving them, even if only for a few moments.
“Don’t leave anything on display, and remove anything of value from the vehicle if possible. Make sure homes and outbuildings are locked at all times, use timer lights to come on in the evening, and consider installing an alarm, security lighting or CCTV.
“By taking a few simple steps, people can reduce their risk of falling victim to an opportunist thief.”
Police and crime commissioner Vera Baird added: “Northumbria Police will continue to target those whose actions can cause problems for others. Let me make it absolutely clear that we will continue to target thieves, stopping them in their tracks and getting them before the courts.
“It’s important that we all do our bit to ensure thieves don’t have any opportunity to perform their crimes – taking a few extra moments to ensure we’ve locked up our homes will pay dividends.”