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Advice to businesses in Gateshead after spate of burglaries

08 Mar 2017 11:00 AM

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Police are issuing crime prevention advice to businesses in Gateshead after three burglaries in the town.

All three of the incidents have taken place around the town centre or Bensham area with thieves targeting local businesses to steal copper piping, cable, money and even baked goods.

Patrols are being stepped up to deter any further offences and enquiries into the incidents themselves are being carried out by specialist officers.

Now police in Gateshead are issuing advice to business owners, and the local community, so they can work together to deter burglars operating in the town centre.

Gateshead Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Robson said: "This type of offending destroys lives and ruins local businesses and so it is something we continue to take extremely seriously.

"A team of officers is working hard to identify those responsible and we are not ruling out the possibility that the same person is responsible for each offence.

"However, businesses do have a responsibility to make sure their premises are secured when they are left unattended and that appropriate crime prevention measures are in place.

"You should limit the amount of cash you have in the building and should never leave cash in a till overnight as it is one of the first places burglars will look.

"Your local neighbourhood policing team can speak to you with specific advice about your business but a few simple steps can prevent you from falling victim to this type of crime."

The first burglarly is believed to have taken place at Gateshead Tech which is based in North Dene House on Durham Road.

Intruders forced entry to the premises between 4.30pm last Thursday (2/3) and 8am on Friday before stealing copper piping and armoured cable.

Enquiries have been ongoing into that incident but on Monday morning there were two further reports of businesses being burgled whilst their premises were left unoccupied.

The first relates to the Tasty Bake Bakery on Saltwell Road which was targeted by burglars at some point between 4am on Sunday (5/3) morning and 6am on Monday. Cash and baked goods were taken.

Fish and Fry on High Street also contacted police to say that a till containing a large amount of cash had been stolen at around 3.20pm on Sunday afternoon whilst their premises was unoccupied.

Anyone with any information about the burglaries in question, or who saw people acting suspiciously in the areas at the time, should contact police on 101 quoting log 310 06/03/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.