Police have seen the number of reported house burglaries reduce drastically across the Alnwick area in recent months.
Between April and July this year, house burglary reduced by 70 per cent in Alnwick and across the whole of rural Northumberland, there were 25 fewer crimes, down from 49 to 24 offences, amounting to three house burglaries reported per week in an area from Hexham to Alnwick.
Chief Inspector Steve Readdie, of Northern Area Command, said: “This reduction is good news for residents across rural Northumberland, but while the numbers of reported offences are low, we are seeking to reduce them further. Officers work closely with communities to share crime prevention information and to respond when any suspicious sightings or offences are reported to us.
“We actively target those people we suspect of being responsible for burglary, as well as those who help them by handling the goods they steal to sell on. Officers are continuing to focus our activities on these offenders to prevent further offences.
“We have an active Community Messaging network with monthly news and crime prevention bulletins for residents and local farms and other businesses. Farmwatch is another well-established crime prevention scheme helping to share information about local crime problems.
“We also issue regular crime alert updates to people living near where an incident has been reported asking them to tell us if they have seen any suspicious vehicles or people.
“These activities are well received by local people who give us useful feedback helping officers catch offenders and prevent other offences and neighbours being targeted by criminals. These tactics alongside regular targeted patrols has helped residents prevent crime. When offences do occur our robust investigations into offences enables us to bring offenders before the courts to be dealt with.
“We want to make it clear to criminals that they are not welcome in Northumberland.”
Residents are reminded to take simple crime prevention measures: Keep front and back doors locked at all times – to prevent sneak-in thefts; avoid leaving windows open if you are not in the room and never leave valuable items on display; report any suspicious activity to police straightaway – you could help to prevent a crime.
To sign up for the community messaging system, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101. Crime bulletins are emailed and crime alerts issued via email, text message or voicemail, whichever best suit individuals. Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website