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PCC Vera Baird welcomes proactive operations to tackle burglary

3rd October 2016

Think crime prevention this autumn – in a bid to stay safe and beat the burglar.

That’s the message from Northumbria Police as the evenings start to draw in.

Typically at this time of year police can see a rise in the numbers of burglaries to homes and sheds as the darker evenings can make it easier for criminals to slip inside insecure properties under the cover of darkness. To stop this happening police want to equip residents with the necessary crime prevention advice to stay crime free.

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said: “Taking a strong stance against those who commit burglary is a top priority for me. I welcome all proactive operations to target those responsible and will ensure our officers continue working with local residents to help them keep their homes safe and secure .

“I urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the police. If officers are informed they can investigate and do everything within their power to bring offenders before the courts.”

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, of Northern Area Command said: “It just takes a few seconds to check that your doors and windows are locked securely, they really are the first defence against a burglar, and this will give you peace of mind.

“Only too often we’re called to a burglary after a front door has been left unlocked – this makes it easy for a criminal to get into your home and steal whatever they can lay their hands on, it could be your phone, wallet, purse or car keys.

“These types of crimes are extremely upsetting for families and can very easily be avoided.

“By taking this advice on board, you can reduce your risk of falling victim to an opportunist thief or burglar.”