Warning after spate of burglaries

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RESIDENTS are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of burglaries in Sunderland.

Police said there have been eight burglaries in Washington during the past two weeks – six of them at properties that had been left insecure.

Two men aged 36 and 38 have been arrested on suspicion of one of the burglaries, which happened at Beaumont Drive on December 28, and bailed pending further inquiries.

Police are now reminding residents to make sure their homes are safe and secure.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart said: “Although lots of visitors are coming and going at houses over Christmas and the new year, it’s important people ensure their homes are safe and secure at all times.

“It only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to walk in and steal items and unfortunately people like this do operate.

“While we continue to do everything possible to trace those suspected of being involved, we’d urge residents to take crime prevention steps.

“People should make sure doors and windows are locked at all times, especially overnight or when out, even if only for a few minutes, and that anything of value, particularly car keys, are not left in view or reach of windows or doors.”

Extra officers are on patrol in the area to target suspected offenders.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191.