That’s the message from officers across Northumbria Police with figures showing a reduction of more than 10 per cent in burglary dwellings since 2017.
The success follows months of hard work by burglary teams across the Force all who have made a significant impact by targeting a number of prolific offenders, with many being given significant jail terms.
The teams work tirelessly to identify trends in a bid to take suspects off the street and protect the public.
Officers also continually work with partners to develop a problem-solving approach to tackle the issue which includes crime prevention tools such as leaflet drops and community meetings where the public can bring valued items for tagging and secure logging to help protect them from theft. This also helps to be able to reunite recovered stolen items with their rightful owners.
The leaflets include crime prevention advice and guidance for how to best avoid becoming a victim of opportunistic criminality.
All this work means that those who live and work in the area covered by Northumbria Police are at the lowest risk of burglary compared to anywhere else in the country.
Detective Chief Inspector John Bensley, Northumbria Police’s lead for burglaries, said: “Burglaries are a very personal crime. They are intrusive and not only can victims suffer a financial impact but it can also cause significant lasting emotional trauma as well.
“We take a strong and robust stance on these types of crimes in Northumbria and we have specialist teams who remain dedicated to tackling them and bring offenders to justice.
“Officers are constantly developing new tactics and techniques to track down offenders including obtaining intelligence of prolific offenders and tapping in to the local knowledge of neighbourhood teams to identify potential suspects.
“Bringing offenders before the courts isn’t our only priority when dealing with burglaries. We have a duty of care for the victims. People don’t realise the lasting affects this type of crime can have on someone and we’re here to provide that specialist support and where possible reunite them with stolen items.
"This should reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to get ahead of these prolific offenders and make it as difficult as possible to commit crime in our region. Quite frankly, we won’t stand for it and we’re here to help.”
Officers have also recovered thousands of pounds worth of items taken from homes and premises and reunited priceless items with their rightful owners including family heirlooms, photographs and even a loved ones ashes.
Members of the public can also take steps to help protect themselves and their belongings. Here are a few tips:
- Lock your doors and windows when you are not in your home, even when you're just out in the garden.
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox.
- Install a visual burglar alarm and/or outside lighting to deter potential thieves.
- Leave lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.
- Make sure any fences around your garden are in good condition.
- Secure bikes and tools at home by locking them inside a locked shed or garage.
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
- Tag your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise https://www.immobilise.com/
The public are encouraged to contact police to report any suspicious behaviour in their local community by visiting our website at www.northumbria.police.uk or calling 101.
You can also report suspicious activity anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.