This is the moment an unlucky thief was nabbed breaking into a police “stinger flat” in Tyneside.
Officers fitted the home with CCTV and waited for the raider to sneak in through an open window to steal a laptop.
Northumbria Police are now releasing the footage as a warning to residents about home security.
Neighbourhood Inspector Darren Adams said: “We know the consequences for victims of burglary and the effect being broken into can have on them and we are determined to make sure burglars are put before the courts.
“We’re releasing this footage as a reminder to people of how easy it can be for burglars. It literally only takes burglars minutes to be in and out of the property with valuable items, this is made even easier for them if a window or door is left open.
“Stinger operations like this are a vital part of our crackdown on burglars and should act as a warning to those who think they can break into other peoples homes that they could potentially find themselves caught on camera giving clear evidence they are responsible.
“The number of burglaries in the city centre is relatively low, however that doesn’t mean we are complacent and this should act as a clear message to burglars - if you burgle in the city centre you will get caught.”
Officers are also reminding residents to take some simple crime prevention measures.
Insp Adams added: “We want to help prevent people from being a victim of burglary and are asking residents to help us help them. By taking a few crime prevention measures they could deter a burglar. Making sure doors and windows are securely locked when the property is empty and overnight is basic but crucial to home security.”
A man has been convicted for the burglary shown in the footage.
More crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk.