26 suspects arrested in Sunderland Christmas crackdown on burglaries

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A NEW police operation is cracking down on burglaries.

Over the past 10 days, 26 people have been arrested for burglary-related offences in Sunderland, the majority of which have resulted in charges to court.

Police said a significant amount of suspected stolen goods has also been recovered, including electrical items such as TVs.

The results come as part of Operation Impact, set up to tackle burglary across the whole of the city.

Patrols have been set up in specific areas to deter and target thieves, while crime prevention advice is also being given out to stop people becoming a victim of burglary.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “Operation Impact demonstrates our commitment to tackling burglaries across the whole of Sunderland.

“I hope these results send out a clear message to those involved in burglary that we are watching you and you will be arrested, while also giving reassurance to Sunderland residents that we’re doing all we can to deter and target burglars.

“Being the victim of burglary is distressing at any time of year, but if it happens close to Christmas, it can be particularly devastating. Knowing that someone has been in your home and through your personal possessions is extremely intrusive and upsetting.

“Our officers are on hand to give out crime prevention advice so people can avoid becoming a victim of burglary. Simple steps like locking the door even when inside a property can make a huge difference to protecting your home and personal items.

“With Christmas on the way, don’t leave presents under the tree or in view of a window as this gives too much temptation to a passing thief.

“As always, we would ask residents to continue supporting our efforts to combat crime by reporting any suspicious activity and provide information about any offence or offenders so we can take action.”