Police crackdown on burglary continues

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Police are continuing to tackle burglars across the force as part of a forcewide crackdown on opportunist crime.

Recent updates include a man jailed for 60 months last month for eight offences of burglary and vehicle theft in Northumberland and two men sentenced to six years and 22 months respectively for burglaries across the rural areas of the north.

The ongoing activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at robustly tackling opportunist criminals across the force and supported by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. Since April 1, there have been 865 burglaries across the force area, 342 fewer than the same period last year – a 28 per cent reduction.

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Peter Bent said: “We continue to put people behind bars for burglary, taking those involved in such offences off the streets. Dealing with those involved plays a key part in preventing burglaries from happening in the first place, but it’s just as important residents take crime prevention steps to protect their property.

“We understand the devastating impact being the victim of a burglary can be and that’s why it remains a priority for us. We’ve seen significant reductions in burglary so far this year, but we aren’t complacent and we’ll continue mounting operations to tackle those suspected of being involved in offences across the force.

“It just takes a second for an opportunist thief to sneak in and steal from inside. I’d urge people to take time to think about security such as locking doors and windows and installing security devices such as an alarm, security lighting or CCTV.”

Vera Baird added: “It is important that we tackle burglaries and I know Northumbria Police is taking a strong stance in ensuring those who commit burglaries are caught. This should help to reassure residents that police are taking action to drive down crime and tackle these matters.”

More crime prevention advice can be found on the force website, while people are also urged to sign up to Immobilise.