Shut up and help keep the light-night burglars at bay

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RESIDENTS in Alnwick are being urged to play their part to keep homes secure during a Northumbria Police forcewide crackdown on burglary this month.

The campaign is launched as the warmer weather and lighter nights often means there is a rise in opportunist thieves taking advantage of open doors and windows.

Leaflets with tips on security will be given out and posters displayed across the area.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “When it’s warm it’s tempting to leave windows open or doors ajar and this is understandable, however, it’s vital people take steps to keep their home secure.

“This includes people making sure their homes are secure when they are out, locking doors and shutting windows, even if outside in the garden, in another part of the house, or if only going out for a few minutes.

“Valuables, including car keys, shouldn’t be left in easy reach of doors and windows, and people should also take time to make sure their sheds and garages are properly secured. Items including tools, bikes and gardening equipment should be stored out of sight.

“While we’ll be carrying out activity to continue to target and arrest those suspected of being involved in burglary, we’re keen that residents have the right advice to protect their homes from thieves. We’d also ask residents to report any suspicious activity they see in their area to police.”

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191.