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Burglary crackdown continues in the New Year

05 Jan 2017 09:44 AM

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Police are continuing to focus on tackling burglars in Tynedale at the start of 2017.

Officers are targeting known offenders with extra patrols in areas which have previously seen offences reported.

Neighbourhood officers have also been helping residents to protect their property by issuing SelectaDNA crime prevention marking kits to local people.

This enables residents to mark their valuable property including mobiles, laptops, iPods, tvs and jewellery with SelectaDNA microdot technology - giving individual property a minute and unique reference number which is kept on a secure database.

Then, if any of the marked property is stolen and subsequently recovered, it can be checked for a microdot and more easily be reunited with its rightful owner.

Police are also urging residents to make sure they keep their homes secure, especially overnight.

Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: "I'm a firm believer in helping people to keep their homes and property secure. The best way to do this is to make home security checks part of your nightly routine, checking you have locked your doors and windows before you go to bed.

"All too often we get calls from people reporting a burglary when the offender has let themselves in via an unlocked door. These types of sneak-in burglaries cause great upset to the householder and they can easily be avoided by simply locking doors and windows.

"Remember, if you do see someone acting suspiciously where you live, trying doors in your street, then please call the police straightaway on 101, so we can take action.

"Our burglary crackdown is continuing and our priority remains catching offenders who commit burglaries and taking them off our streets to keep our communities safe."

For more crime prevention home security advice visit http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/home_security/