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Blyth residents receive special delivery as part of Operation Overwatch

09 May 2018 14:00 PM

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Vulnerable residents in Blyth received a surprise visit from police on Saturday – who were bearing gifts.

As part of Operation Overwatch, which was set up earlier this year to combat dwelling burglaries in the town, the Neighbourhood Policing Team attended 57 addresses and installed home security equipment in a bid to deter thieves.

From CCTV cameras to security lights, Neighbourhood Sergeant Neil Hall and the team fitted a range of equipment for families, more than half of whom had been previous victims of burglaries, as well as giving crime prevention advice and carrying out surveys with local residents.

Funding for the security equipment came from Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay (ICCQ), set up by local councillor Kath Nisbet who also attended the crime prevention day.

“We are almost six months into Operation Overwatch and have seen some excellent results across the Blyth area with regard to tackling burglary crime,” said Neighbourhood Sergeant Neil Hall, of Northumbria Police.

“Our team have worked tirelessly with partners to address issues raised by members of the public and we remain focused on reducing these kind of offences across Blyth.

“Burglaries can have a long-lasting effect on victims, so we will continue to do everything in our power to stop such crimes from happening and take robust action against those criminals who operate in the area. They have no place to hide.

“At the weekend, we visited some of the most vulnerable members of our community and installed a range of security devices. The net is tightening on burglars in our area, and we hope to reassure residents that tackling this kind of crime remains a real priority.”

Anyone who wants to report an incident or has any information to offer should call 101 or report a crime online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.