Police urge security at Christmas

Police are urging residents to keep their property secure during the festive period.

Opportunist thieves and burglars are looking to take advantage of insecure homes, vehicles and personal property at this time of year.

Now police are reminding residents to be vigilant, keep their homes secure and report anything suspicious to an officer.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “Unfortunately opportunist thieves are looking to ruin Christmas by stealing at a time of year when people have been buying presents and are preparing for the festive season.

“While we continue to do everything we can to identify thieves and burglars and take action, and additional patrols are taking place in communities, there are steps people can take to reduce their risk of falling victim.

“Keeping homes and vehicles locked and secure, removing valuables out of reach and sight of windows and doors and leaving a light on if you go out are simple steps which can make a difference.

“Residents are also our eyes and ears so anyone who has information about suspicious activity in their area they should contact police straight away so we can investigate.”

Contact police on 101 with any concerns or to report anything suspicious.