A TOUGH 10-week clampdown on burglars got under way in Sunderland with an early-morning raid.
Two men were arrested during the raid, which marked the start of the latest phase of Operation Predator.
Officers stormed flats in Argyle Street, Ashbrooke, yesterday, where they arrested two men and discovered a stun gun.
Today, police issued a warning to burglars across the city that they will be targetting them over the coming weeks.
Detective Inspector Mark Ord said: “We want to send out a clear message that burglars are not welcome in our city and we will not hesitate to take robust action against those suspected of being involved in burglaries.
“Operation Predator will see a dedicated team of officers work relentlessly to make sure suspected burglars are arrested and face the consequences of their actions.
“We want members of the community to help us and report any suspicious activity in relation to burglaries and stolen items, for example if they’re offered a cheap laptop for sale bear in mind it could be at the expense of a victim of a burglary.”
The raid was the first in a series at the start of a 10-week long operation across Sunderland city centre, Washington and Houghton.
As part of the operation a dedicated team of officers has been set up to deal with burglaries.
Police are also urging Wearsiders to help them in their fight against thieves by taking a few simple steps to keep them locked out.
Det Insp Ord added: “We’d also urge residents to make sure they keep their homes secure and not leave windows and doors unlocked.
“There have been a number of incidents where the house has been broken into after a door has been open.
“Most of these thieves are opportunist. By making it even harder for them, residents can help stop themselves being a victim.”