Police are appealing for information after two burglaries at allotments in Amble.
Between Tuesday, November 25, and Sunday, November 30, two garden forks were stolen from an allotment in West Avenue.
Also, sometime between Friday, November 28, and Wednesday, December 3, a Husqvarna strimmer was stolen from an allotment in Percy Drive.
Inquiries are ongoing into the burglaries and police are advising allotment owners to take steps to reduce their risk of falling victim to a burglar.
People can take security measures such as installing an alarm to sheds, allotments and outbuildings, and considering using CCTV or security lighting.
Sheds, allotments and other outbuildings should be locked and secure, nothing of value should be left in the open, and instead stored securely.
Other steps such as securing door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws, could prevent their shed from being targeted, and using a British Standard approved lock on shed doors and using a metal shed bar, all make a shed less appealing for burglars.
Residents are also urged to sign up with free property register www.immobilise.com, which means if property is stolen and later recovered it can be returned to the rightful owner.
The advice is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.
Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police in Northumberland on 101 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.