THREE men were arrested on suspicion of burglary after break-ins at two Sunderland properties.
Two, aged 28 and 24, were arrested after a break-in at a flat in The Royalty, where a mobile phone was stolen, on Wednesday.
Another man, aged 33, was arrested on suspicion of burglary after a separate break-in at Salem Hill.
All three are still in custody helping with inquiries.
The arrests come during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force area, and promoting crime prevention advice.
Superintendent Jim Napier, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “We’re doing everything possible to tackle burglaries across the city, including carrying out operations to target those suspected of being involved in offences.
“One burglary is one too many and when offences do take place, action will be taken to trace those believed to be involved.
“In these cases, three people have been arrested and are in custody helping with inquiries.
“I’d like to remind residents how important it is to take crime prevention steps to secure their property, such as making sure doors and windows are secure and considering installing security measures such as an alarm, CCTV or security lighting.”
The crackdown on thieves also targets shoplifters in Sunderland city centre.
So far, 83 shoplifters have been excluded from stores in the centre and persistent thieves are also being shut out of retail parks across the city, under the Shopwatch scheme.
Anyone arrested and charged with shoplifting will now receive strict bail conditions, banning them from the city centre and other retail parks in Sunderland.
Persistent offenders will be given exclusion notices banning them from city centre premises for up to 12 months.
Mick Hall, Neighbourhood Inspector for the city centre, said: “We have extra patrols throughout the city centre shopping areas.
“We’re also working closely with retailers to identify thieves, offer crime prevention advice and ask them to make sure their CCTV systems are up and running correctly, as they are a vital evidence-gathering tool.
“Shoplifting is no less important than any other crime and we will always do all we can to identify and apprehend those responsible.”
More crime prevention advice can be found at http://www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention.
Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191.