POLICE tackling burglars in Sunderland have arrested 14 people in the past two weeks.
Police have arrested the people in connection with offences across the city in the past fortnight and burglars are warned there will be no let up in their activity.
Sunderland Area Command Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: “We’re monitoring and analysing issues across the city and responding with operational activity aimed at preventing offences from taking place.
“We’ve been targeting known offenders and continue to make arrests to ensure action is taken against those believed to be involved in burglaries in Sunderland.”
House burglary is down 8 per cent across Sunderland this year compared to the same period last year.
Ch Insp Pearson added: “As ever, crime prevention plays a key role in reducing burglaries. As part of their activities officers have been speaking with local residents about securing their homes.
“We know that opportunist thieves will walk down a street trying door handles and it just takes a few moments for a set of car keys or a mobile phone to be snatched.
“Historically, at this time of year when the darker nights set in, we see an increase in offences and taking a few moments to double check doors and windows are locked at all times can make a difference.
“Other steps such as using timer lights to come on in the evening and installing an alarm, CCTV and outdoor security lighting can reduce your risk of falling victim to a burglar.”
Operations are taking place across the city to keep thieves at bay as part of the forcewide Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars and promoting crime prevention advice.
The operation is supported by Vera Baird, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.
Examples include an operation carried out to reduce burglaries in the Ashbrooke and Thornhill areas after a reported increase in offences - and since patrols were stepped up offences have dwindled.
The Commissioner said: “I know the force continues to target those whose actions can cause problems for others, including thieves who can then be put before the courts.
“We all need to do our bit to ensure thieves don’t have the chance to commit their crimes and by just taking a few extra seconds to make sure we’ve locked up our homes will protect our property and make life for would be criminals even harder.”
For more crime prevention advice visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/homesecurity
Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, to report a crime ongoing dial 999.
Residents are also reminded to take a few minutes to sign up to free property registering website www.Immobilise.com, which ensures if property is stolen and later recovered, it’s easily returned to the rightful owner.