Saturday, 31 October 2015

Burglaries in Corbridge

Police in Northumberland are reminding residents to keep their homes secure with the onset of darker nights after reports of a number of burglaries specially in the Corbridge area.

Extra officers are on patrol and are being supported by the mounted section as well as motor patrols and the police cadets in order to identify and target those suspected of being involved.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: "We're carrying out operations which include both high profile uniform patrols combined with covert enquiries to trace those believed to be involved in burglaries in our neighbourhoods.

"Residents should be assured that our activity to target those suspected of being involved in burglary is relentless, but we need the public to work with us to help us prevent burglaries taking place.

"There are steps residents can take to reduce their risk of falling victim to a thief, such as making sure their properties are secure and look occupied.

"Take a few moments to think about the security of your home, make sure windows are secure and doors are locked. Leave a light on if you are going out or use a timer light to come on as it gets dusk.

"It's also important to make sure blinds and curtains are drawn while you are out and a burglar is not able to look straight through your empty house.

"If you follow the same routine such as walking your dog or going shopping at a certain time each day try varying your routine and make sure you leave lights on in different parts of the house each time you are out.

"It's also worth setting TV's and radio's on a timer if you are going to be out of the house for long periods. The flashing light of a tv or sound of a radio may fool a burglar to think the house is occupied.

"And residents are our eyes and ears, so if you see anything suspicious in your community or have information about those involved in burglaries where you live, let us know straight away so we can investigate."

It's also vital residents report anything suspicious to police straight away so they can investigate. Police can be called on 101, or to report a crime in progress dial 999.