POLICE are warning homeowners to stay vigilant after a man was charged with burglary.
A mobile phone was stolen from an address at Quarry Road in Silksworth, Sunderland, earlier this month.
Mark Wallace, 24, of Quarry Road in Sunderland, has been charged with burglary and is due to appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, on February 3.
The charge comes as police in Sunderland West continue to crack down on suspected crooks as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave.
Officers are patrolling specific areas to deter and target burglars, while those living in an area where burglaries have happened will also receive crime prevention advice from officers to help prevent them becoming a victim of crime.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Pickett said: “Many burglaries can be prevented if people take security steps. It only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to try a door handle or window, sneak inside and steal something.
“I’d urge people to lock doors and windows and consider installing an alarm, CCTV or security lighting, all of which puts thieves off.
“It’s also important that residents report anything suspicious to police straightaway.”