Reminder to keep doors and windows locked following burglaries

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RESIDENTS in Sunderland are being reminded to secure their homes after thieves were found to have gained entry to properties through open doors and windows.

Out of 30 burglaries which have taken place in Sunderland and South Tyneside over the past two weeks, seven have been insecure and police are reminding residents that by taking crime prevention steps they can reduce their risk of falling victim to burglaries.

The advice is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.

Chief Inspector Dave Willet said: “It’s really important residents make sure their windows and doors are locked, even if they are inside the property at the time.

“This is particularly important given the summer is approaching and people tend to spend more time outdoors, potentially leaving their homes insecure.

“It only takes a few seconds for a thief to sneak inside and steal something, and it’s vital people take steps to protect their property.

“I’d like to reassure people that we continue to do everything possible to target those believed to be involved in burglaries in the city and put them before the courts.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “Reducing all crime, including burglary, is a priority in my police and crime plan.

“Having your house burgled or items stolen from your car can be devastating.

“I will ensure officers continue to target burglars and offer a reassuring presence in those areas where a burglary has occurred.

“I would also ask residents to continue working with their local police officers to report anything which seems out of the ordinary plus take their crime prevention advice which can make a big difference in helping make our neighbourhoods safer places to live.”

More crime prevention advice can be found at the force website at, while people are urged to sign up to Immobilise at

Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191, but to report a crime ongoing dial 999.