A police campaign working against burglars has led to more than 20 people being charged across the North East.
The Beat the Burglar campaign launched on November 1 in a bid to raise awareness of police action being taken to reduce burglaries in the area - and how the public can do their bit to help too.
Since its launch by Northumbria Police, 29 people have been arrested in Sunderland for burglary offences including house burglary, other types of burglary and attempted burglary.
A further 16 have been arrested in South Tyneside. Of those, 21 people have been charged with an offence.
Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson is urging members of the public to make their homes as secure as possible by putting basic security measures in place.
He continued: "We will not stop in our effort to target burglars. We make arrests for burglary offences on a daily basis and our efforts to target offenders will continue.
"However, while in a sense this can be reassuring, we would actually much rather burglaries were not happening in the first place.
"We fully recognise the concern and impact a house burglary can have on other residents who live there and those who live in neighbouring streets. We do everything we can to take proactive action - each day officers are tasked in areas that are being hit by burglars and we will move our resources accordingly to make sure they are in the right places.
"Burglars should be aware that we will not let them evade police action and when we receive a report of a burglary extensive and thorough enquiries will be carried out to identify the burglar, recover stolen property and put those responsible before the courts."
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