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String of burglaries leads to crackdown

Police are cracking down on burglars in a Northumberland town after a spate of offences.

Over the past month, nine house burglaries and three burglaries to sheds and garages have been reported across the Alnwick sector, including Lesbury and Alnmouth.

Property stolen includes jewellery, electrical items and vehicles. In some cases, arrests have been made and property recovered.

Extra patrols are taking place in the area to prevent further offences from taking place and reassure residents that work is being done to tackle burglars.

The work is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, a campaign aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars during the festive season.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Neville Wharrier said: “Since the onset of the darker nights, we’ve received reports of a number of burglaries in the area, where property has been stolen.

“In response, a policing operation was put in place and I’d like to reassure people that in some cases arrests have been made and stolen property has been recovered.

“We continue to pro-actively target those people suspected of being involved in burglary in and around Alnwick and Alnmouth and activity also includes plain-clothes patrols to identify suspicious activity and make arrests.

“We know the devastating impact burglary can have and the operation will continue over the festive season.”

Police are urging residents to register their property with property-logging website immobilise.com, which means if property is stolen and later recovered it can be returned the rightful owner, as well as catching suspects in possession of stolen property.

And residents are encouraged to take crime prevention steps.

Sgt Wharrier added: “Often burglars are looking for properties which are insecure, or look unoccupied, so taking time to think about security can reduce the risk of falling victim to a burglar.

“Doors and accessible windows should be locked, even when inside, and valuable property removed from sight.

“Use light timers to come on when it gets dark, and consider fitting an alarm, security lighting or CCTV, all of which puts off burglars.

“Anyone who wants advice or more information about crime prevention can speak with local officers at Alnwick, or visit the force website.

“Taking security steps and reporting anything suspicious to police can ensure burglars are kept at bay.”

 

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