Opportunist criminals the target

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A police operation has been launched to silence criminals this summer.

Operation Soundwave will see Northumbria Police target opportunist thieves during the quiet summer months, focusing on burglary, shoplifting and theft.

It was launched last Monday and within two days, 30 people had been arrested in Northumberland, 11 warrants executed and electrical goods, bikes and drugs recovered.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “These are crimes which affect people across the force and which tend to increase during the summer months.

“This operation is aimed at raising awareness of the types of crimes which have an impact on individuals and the wider community.

“We will be targeting those people suspected of being involved in these types of crimes, executing warrants, making arrests and recovering property.

“But more importantly, we’ll be working hard to prevent offences from taking place in the first place by tackling known offenders and working closely with partners and the community to raise awareness of how vital crime prevention is.”

She added: “The majority of thieves are opportunist and by taking some small steps to improve security and vigilance it can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to such a crime.”