Reminder to keep homes secure
Dated: 23 Apr 2012
Police in Sunderland are reminding residents to keep their homes secure.
It follows a report yesterday, Sunday April 23, that a house had been broken into overnight in North Farm Avenue, Grindon. Burglars got in through an unlocked door.
A similar report was received earlier this month from an address in Gravesend Road, Grindon, where a house was broken into after a door was left unlocked.
Police are reinforcing their advice to residents to make sure doors and windows are securely locked, even if they are in the property, particularly overnight.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Kevin Jones, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The majority of these burglars are opportunist and see an open window or door and take the chance to sneak-in and steal something.
"We know how much of an impact being broken into can have and how distressing it is, not just for victims but for the wider community. We take every measure possible to catch those suspected of being responsible and reduce the number of burglaries taking place.
"By making sure their homes are secure and making it even more difficult for burglars to offend in the first place, people can help reduce the risk of being a victim of crime. It only takes a few moments to double check doors and windows are securely locked and we would urge people to take the time to do so."
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.