Caravans targeted

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POLICE are urging caravan owners and holiday-makers to be on their guard for thieves targeting caravan parks in Northumberland.

Between noon on Monday, July 4, and noon on Tuesday, July 5, thieves broke into three caravans in the Westerheugh area of north Northumberland. Among the items stolen were several TVs, a Kindle, DVD players, a cool box and a duvet.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Police Inspector Sue Peart said: “When thieves break into caravans they are looking for items they can carry off quite easily. Remove them where you can, ensure that your caravan is as secure as possible and make sure you carry out regular checks on it.

“We’ve introduced a number of Caravan Watch schemes in the north Northumberland area where CSOs carry out regular patrols and hold regular meetings which give the caravan owners the chance to receive crime prevention advice and the opportunity to meet other owners on their sites.

“If the owners all work together and form a watch scheme, similar to a Neighbourhood Watch system, then there is more chance of someone spotting any unusual people or behaviour on a caravan site.”

Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police in Alnwick on 03456 043 043 ext 69191. For more information on Caravan Watch schemes where you live, contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team on 03456 043 043.