RESIDENTS are being urged to beat the burglar by shutting out sneak thieves.
Northumbria Police is cracking down on house and shed burglaries this month.
At this time of year there is traditionally a rise in these offences with opportunist thieves taking advantage of windows and doors being left open, and property left in gardens or insecure sheds.
Various activities will be carried out across the region to stop burglars in their tracks such as increased patrols.
However, a major focus will be around asking people to take on board crime prevention advice to avoid becoming a victim.
Leaflets with tips on securing homes and gardens will be given out.
Detective Inspector Caroline Ord, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “While we will be carrying out activity to deter and target thieves we need residents to help themselves from becoming a victim of burglary.
“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.
“People should also ensure their gardens and sheds are adequately locked and if they aren’t, refrain from storing high-value goods in them.”
For more visit www.northumbria.police.uk.