Lock out thieves
Dated: 13 Apr 2012
Gateshead residents are being urged to secure their homes to beat the burglar.
The reminder comes as Northumbria Police cracks down on burglary across April. It also follows two attempted burglaries in the area.
The first happened between 9am, on Thursday, April 5 and 3pm, on Saturday, April 7. Thieves attempted to gain entry to an address on Clover Hill Drive, in Crawcrook, but were unsuccessful.
A further attempt happened between 11pm, on Friday, April 6 and 10am, on Saturday, April 7, at an address on Grange Drive, Ryton. Again offenders left empty handed after failing to gain entry to the property.
Neighbourhood Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: "In these cases, the houses had been secured meaning thieves could not gain entry despite attempts.
"We need everyone to make sure they do the same and lock their windows and doors, even when at home. It only takes a second for thieves to come in through an insecure door and help themselves to small, easily taken items.
"Goods should be removed from show on windowsills and benches like mobile phones and lap tops but also car keys as this could result in thieves making off in the vehicle, particularly a one which catches their eye.
"Any vehicles should also be secured and goods again moved from display or not stored at all inside it. Thieves have been known to break into vehicles for small amounts of loose change as well as expensive sat navs.
"We will continue to patrol areas to cut offences. By following crime prevention advice, you can help us keep burglars at bay."
If you spot any suspicious activity in your area contact police on 101, extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Further crime prevention advice is available via the Northumbria Police website: