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Crime prevention mobile police office at Wylam

11 Jan 2017 10:00 AM

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Police are bringing a mobile police office to Wylam this week to provide burglary crime prevention advice to residents.

This supports ongoing activity by local officers in Tynedale to target burglars and help residents to prevent crime.

So far six people suspected of being active burglars in Tynedale have been arrested by officers and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges, is continuing to prioritise burglary crime prevention and investigation in the area and is piling on the pressure to crackdown on those committing these offences.

Over recent weeks there have been additional police patrols taking place in the affected areas together with a crime prevention initiative, helping residents to protect their property by issuing SelectaDNA crime prevention marking kits to local people.

Now a mobile police office will be based at the George Stephenson Car Park in Wylam this week from Wednesday January 11 to Friday, January 13 between 10am and 4pm daily. It will be staffed by officers offering crime prevention advice to residents and they will also discuss any policing issues.

Insp Bridges said: "Police in Tynedale receive excellent support from the local community. I want people to call 101 if they see any suspicious vehicles or activity that might seem unusual or out of place. Residents know their area best and are well placed to notice if something is out of the ordinary. It's this type of information we want to encourage people to tell us, as soon as they notice it.

"In more rural communities where everyone does really know everyone else then strangers and strange vehicles do stick out, people notice them, so if you are at all suspicious please report this to us."

Earlier this week there have been three burglaries reported in the Wylam area. One on Monday, January 9, when a house had a window forced and thieves stole property which they then discarded outside. Two happened overnight between Sunday 8, and Monday 9 January, thieves gained entry to one home via an unlocked front door when a burglar walked inside to steal items they could grab, a mobile phone and Ipod. A third happened at an unoccupied house which is being renovated, thieves forced their way in but left without stealing anything.

Inspector Bridges added: "We want to reassure people that we are continuing to do all we can to tackle burglary, identify those involved, gather evidence and then bring them before the courts. We would also ask residents to play their part by keeping their doors and windows secure.

"By working together with local people we will tackle crime effectively and keep our communities safe."

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