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News Release

Security reminder after burglaries

Dated: 23 Feb 2012

Police are reminding householders to take crime prevention steps when they go on holiday after burglaries in Newcastle.

Since the end of 2011 there have been seven reports of burglaries in Gosforth, most of which have happened when the homeowner is on holiday.

Police are reminding people to take steps to help keep burglars at bay while they are away for any period of time.

Advice includes making the house look lived in by asking a trusted relative or neighbour to collect mail and open and close curtains, using automatic timer switches to turn lights on when it's dark and cancelling regular deliveries such as newspapers and milk

Residents should also avoid discussing holiday plans in front of strangers.

Before they leave they should ensure all doors and windows are locked and that the burglar alarm, security lighting or CCTV if they have them are activated.

All tools, ladders and bins should be stored away and sheds and garages should be secured.

DI Dave Culverwell, Newcastle Area Command, said: "Since the end of last year we've had seven reports of burglaries in Gosforth and in most cases the homeowners had been on holiday.

"I'd urge people in the area to take note of the advice and take crime prevention steps to keep burglars at bay. It's important to make the house look lived in and try to get someone to check on it regularly.

"The advice is relevant for people across Newcastle and the force or for anyone leaving their house for a period of time. Burglars are opportunist and we'll continue carrying out pro-active operations to target suspected offenders and have them arrested."

Anyone with information about burglary in their area is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.