Police in Northumberland are warning burglars there’ll be no happy New Year for them as a crackdown on thieves continues.
Operation Soundwave – aimed at silencing opportunist criminals – sees officers targeting those suspected of being involved in crime in communities across the force.
Police are urging residents to keep new property they have received for Christmas secure and report anything unusual or suspicious. And anyone who sees property they think belongs to them online is asked to alert police as soon as possible.
It follows recent instances where property has been spotted by victims, including a bike stolen in Northumberland being spotted for sale on Gumtree and, following inquiries, a 25-year-old man was charged with theft.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “We’ve recently had instances where stolen property has surfaced on trading websites such as eBay and Gumtree and arrests have been made after victims have spotted their property online.
“We regularly check these websites as part of inquiries and this forms an important part of any theft or burglary investigation. Anyone who does think they’ve seen their stolen property for sale should alert police straight away.
“As part of Operation Soundwave, we’re also urging people to be aware that opportunist thieves do operate and to keep their new property secure.
“This includes securing doors and windows and considering installing an alarm, CCTV or security lighting to put thieves off.
“New bikes will often be stored in sheds and thieves will be aware of this. Take some time to improve shed security, buy sturdy locks and install a shed alarm. New bike owners should also make sure they have invested in a D-lock and secure their bike to an immovable object inside the shed.
“There’ll be not let up for thieves in the New Year – overt and covert policing operations across the force to tackle thieves and burglars is continuing and by taking a few crime prevention steps, residents can play their part in ensuring there is no happy New Year for burglars.”
For more crime prevention advice, visit the Northumbria Police website at www.northumbria.police.uk.
Residents are also urged to report anything unusual or suspicious they see in their community to police, anonymously if necessary, via 101 extension 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.