Warning after spate of home thefts

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HOMEOWNERS are being reminded to keep raiders in the dark as the bright nights bring out thieves.

Police said there has been a spate of thefts across Grindon and Thorney Close in the city recently, with crooks targeting bikes left in gardens or sheds that have been left unlocked.

The thefts coincide with the warmer weather and lighter nights, where people tend to spend more time outdoors.

Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Gardner said: “We continue to carry out extra patrols at the locations and times where offences are happening and to target those people we suspect of being involved in such crimes.

“It’s important residents take crime prevention steps to keep their property safe. Many of the reports we’ve received relate to bikes being left unattended in the garden or in unlocked sheds.

“People should take a few moments to make sure bikes and scooters are stored away properly and that sheds and other outbuildings are locked, particularly overnight once everyone who may have been in the garden has gone inside.

“By taking a few simple steps people can make it more difficult for thieves and reduce their risk of falling victim to crimes such as this.”

Northumbria Police advises residents to shackle bikes together with other items in sheds, such as ladders and lawnmowers, or chained to a strong anchor point, while people should invest in a good quality D-lock to secure their cycles.