BIKES have been stolen from sheds during a string of thefts.
Thieves have been targeting sheds across East and West Boldon over the last few weeks where bikes have been stolen overnight.
Officers are now urging residents to report anything suspicious and take a few simple steps to protect their property.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “We have local officers patrolling these areas to deter and target thieves intent on breaking into sheds and outbuildings.
“I would always encourage people to follow our crime prevention advice to keep thieves away from their property.
“Sheds should be protected with good quality locks and audible alarms act as an excellent deterrent.
“Bikes in particular need additional security locks and chains within the garage or shed as they are increasingly becoming the target for thieves.
“Items should be property marked to give people more chance of having goods returned to them if stolen and subsequently recovered.
“I would also ask the public to be vigilant and let us know if they spot any suspicious activity in their area.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ex 69191.
For more crime prevention advice, visit the Northumbria Police website at www.northumbria.police.pnn.uk.