A WOMAN has been fined for wasting police time after making a false burglary report over a TV meter box.
On July 1, it was reported a house in Barmston had been broken into and cash from a TV meter coin box stolen.
Police carried out enquiries into the burglary and found the information they were given was inconsistent leading them to establish it was a false report.
A 39-year-old woman was cautioned for theft and given a penalty notice for wasting police time.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart said: “Our commitment to investigating reports means any discrepancies in claims will be uncovered and we will not hesitate to take action against those who are suspected to be making a false claim.
“False claims divert valuable resources from members of the public who do need our assistance.
“Being broken into is incredibly distressing and we always encourage genuine victims to come forward.”
Northumbria Police is currently carrying out Operation Soundwave aimed at tackling crimes such as burglary, as part of the campaign police are encouraging residents to keep their homes secure and following some simple crime prevention measures.
Insp Stewart said: “We would always encourage homeowners to make sure their homes are secure, always ensure doors and windows are closed and locked if you’re not in the property. Avoid leaving valuable items within easy reach of doors and windows and consider fitting an alarm and outside lighting.”