Let's draw a line under crime
Northumbria Police has joined the fight against the credit crunch with a new summer campaign to keep crime low during the economic downturn.
The initiative, which runs until the end of August, continues under the banner of "Let's draw a line under crime" and will see every area of the force carrying out operations to tackle burglars, thieves and robbers.
At the same time we are pushing the crime prevention message, advising people how to protect themselves and their property from opportunist thieves.We have also produced a special animated video to support the campaign. You can view the video here
The force has already re-focused its efforts in tackling serious acquisitive crime and over the past year offences dropped by more than 1,000, while overall crime fell by 3.4%.
"This campaign is targeting acquisitive crime including personal robbery, theft from cars, house burglary and shop theft." (Chief Constable Mike Craik)
Over the coming weeks, we will be carrying out operations in every area of the force - from identifying prolific offenders, executing warrants and recovering stolen goods through to handing out crime prevention kits and taking over over empty outlets in retail centres and encouraging shoppers to come and visit them.
Billboard and radio adverts will support the campaign, and a series of on-line videos are being produced showing how people can avoid becoming the victim of opportunist thieves.
"We are working with people to identify problems, find solutions and make our communities stronger." (Chief constable Mike Craik)
The message is simple - you can help yourself to stay safe by following simple crime prevention advice.