POLICE in South Tyneside are reminding residents to lock out burglars and not give them a helping hand.
A third of burglaries in the borough have happened when a window or door has been left open or unlocked and police are warning a foot in the door is all burglars need.
Officers are carrying out regular patrols to deter potential thieves and are asking residents to help by making sure their homes are secure, especially as the nights draw in as British Summer Time ends.
South Tyneside area command is currently running a darker nights campaign aimed at making the borough an even safer place.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “The clocks went back on Sunday so the nights are going to start to get darker earlier giving burglars more of an opportunity to commit crime under the cover of darkness.
“Leaving a door or window open is an open invitation to burglars, a burglar can easily sneak-in without causing a stir. Our advice is always make sure front and back doors are locked, even if you are in the house. It only takes a few moments to lock the door and check it is locked but this could help prevent you from being a victim of burglary.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Vera Baird said: “Taking steps to help prevent opportunist thieves from taking our belongings is important and by doing this we can help our local police officers tackle those intent on committing crime in our communities.”
Northumbria Police is currently running the Police and Crime Commissioner supported Operation Soundwave targeting burglars, as part of the operation police are encouraging people to follow simple crime prevention advice, more information is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk
Registering valuable items on the national property database Immobilise can also mean if items are stolen and recovered by police the owner can be traced and the items returned. Visit www.immobilise.com for more information.