Police are reminding householders to be crime prevention conscious after recent break-ins in Blyth.
Officers are asking residents in the Renwick Road area of the town to be vigilant following several recent burglaries.
Offenders have smashed windows to gain entry to homes when the occupants are out during the day or away on holiday. Thieves have stolen jewellery, cash, electrical equipment and portable items of property.
Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Garry Neill said: “We have increased our patrols in this area, particularly during daylight hours when these burglaries have been taking place, but we would also ask residents to play their part.
“If you’re going away from home please ask a trusted neighbour to look after your property and collect and remove any post or parcels away from view.
“Make sure you cancel and milk or any newspaper deliveries and consider putting a light on using a timer, so your home looks lived in.
“Don’t advertise in advance that your home will be unoccupied on social media, as this can also make it easy for thieves to know they are unlikely to be disturbed if they get inside.
“Remember, if you do see any suspicious activity where you live, particularly if you know your neighbour is out or away on holiday, please call police straightaway.”
Anyone with information about these recent crimes should call the neighbourhood team on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
For further crime prevention information, visit www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention/home_security