SCHOOL may be out for the summer – but vandals and thieves are being targeted to ensure they don’t make a playground out of empty buildings.
Police in East Durham have launched School Watch as the summer break begins to urge residents who live near schools to become their eyes and ears.
Hundreds of leaflets have been posted to communities surrounding the district’s 48 schools.
Sergeant Tracey Whelan, of East Durham’s safer neighbourhood unit, said: “We’re asking those who live in houses overlooking school premises to keep an eye out.
“We want them to report anything suspicious. They certainly won’t be wasting our time.
“We’ve had a lot of metal thefts in the area and during the six weeks we don’t want these buildings to become the target for these people, and we want to avoid any damage.
“This initiative proved very successful in earlier school holidays with no incidents reported at schools where we carried out leaflet drops.”
Anyone with information can phone Durham police on 0345 60 60 365 or Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.