Police have launched an investigation after more than 60 bins disappeared across the west of Sunderland since April.
Officers are advising residents to store their wheelie bins in a secure place after a spate of thefts.
Over the past few months we have seen a high number of wheelie bins stolen with a large number taken after being left out on bin collection dayInspector Lisa Laverick
Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: “Over the past few months we have seen a high number of wheelie bins stolen with a large number taken after being left out on bin collection day.
“We appreciate people are not always in when their rubbish has been collected but would really urge them to take their bin in and store it securely at the earliest opportunity.
“Likewise, don’t put your bin out too early before collection - rather than putting it out the night before, put it out in the morning on the day of collection.
“If you have a neighbour who is in during the day, maybe ask them to help out and bring your bin in when they do their own.
“If at all possible we’d urge people to store their bin at the back of the property, or at the side behind a secure gate.”
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 and ask to speak to the Sunderland West neighbourhood policing team. Alternatively they can ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.