A POLICE crackdown netted two suspected burglars just days after launching.
Washington officers launched Operation Eleven after a spate of overnight burglaries targeting houses, sheds and garages in the area.
Two men, aged 37 and 42, have since been arrested on suspicion of burglary.
As part of the operation, police will be targeting suspected burglars and hope to make more arrests over the next few weeks.
Patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure residents and act as a deterrent to thieves.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart said: “We’re doing everything we can to apprehend those responsible and are asking residents to be more vigilant and ensure they report suspicious activity or noises to the police so we can attend and investigate.”
Residents are also being reminded to take steps to keep thieves locked out, including installing an alarm and making sure doors and windows are locked.
Insp Stewart added: “Residents can take crime-prevention steps to protect their home, such as ensuring they are locked and alarms are set, as well as making sure accessible doors and windows are not left open, particularly with the warmer nights approaching.
“I’d urge people that have house alarms to set them overnight and also during the day when they are not at home.
“We’ll continue to carry out this operation until we’ve dealt with this crime issue and caught those believed to be involved.
“We’ve made two arrests this week at the start of the operation and more pro-active activity will follow and see more suspected offenders targeted.”
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to phone police at Washington Police Station on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more crime prevention advice and information on how to help prevent being a victim of a burglary, residents can visit www.northumbria.police.uk.