Residents urged to lock out unwanted visitors
11 Jan 2017 14:00 PM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police is urging residents to start the New Year by locking unwanted visitors out of their homes.
Earlier this week there were a number of burglaries in Houghton where burglars got into the property through an unlocked door.
And, overnight there was one in Washington.
Police believe the burglaries could've been avoided if the door had been locked.
Neighbourhood Inspector Vicky Quinn said: "Many of these burglars are opportunist and are looking for easy ways to steal, leaving a door unlocked is an open invitation and makes it easy for them. They can be in and out of the house without the occupant even realising.
"There are plenty of crime prevention steps residents can take to protect their homes but the most important is locking doors, even when in the house. We really want local residents to get into the habit of doing this. It is pointless having sophisticated measures in place if the door has been left unlocked. It really is as simple as that to help prevent a burglary."
For more crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk