SHED and garage burglaries are on the crime agenda.
Police are focusing on burglaries in Seaburn and Fulwell, after the issue was raised by residents.
At a recent Partners and Communities Together meeting, the problem was brought up and officers have responded by making it a policing priority.
Break-ins have been happening overnight in areas next to Newcastle Road and Thompson Road.
Inspector Tony Carty, of the Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are aware of this and have carried out additional patrols using both uniform officers to deter criminals and those in plain clothes to catch offenders.
“As a result of our actions, these offences have started to reduce over the last month.
“We will continue to target known offenders and make sure they get the message that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. Officers will also focus their efforts in hot spot areas which have previously experienced crimes.”
Community Support Officers are visiting residents and encouraging them to register valuables.
Insp Carty added: “As part of this initiative I’d urge residents to register their possessions on www.immobilise.com, a free property register scheme supported by Northumbria Police.
“People can also help themselves by making sure they check their shed and garage locks are sufficient.”