A suspected thief has been arrested and police patrols have been stepped up after a spike in burglaries in Newcastle.
Officers in Jesmond and Heaton have today revealed they have received a big increase in the number of burglaries since the beginning of May.
They have received 51 reports of burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles in just over a month.
The majority of victims are students with intruders gaining access to their property through an open window or unlocked door.
Extra patrols have been stepped up by the local neighbourhood policing team to tackle offenders operating in the area.
And today a man appeared in court after being arrested in the area on suspicion of burgling a property on Saint George’s Terrace in Jesmond.
Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana hopes the work of police will reduce incidents but has called on residents to keep their homes secure.
She said: “It is very unusual to have more than 50 burglaries in little over a month and so we have been taken this very seriously.
“We have stepped up patrols, reviewed CCTV and spoken to the student community about keeping their homes secure.
“As the weather hots up we know that people will want to keep doors and windows open but you need to keep them closed and locked when you leave the room.
“If you are moving items from your car please ensure it is locked, the windows are closed and that your car keys are out of sight by any doors and windows.
“If you are in the garden then take steps to make sure doors and windows on the other side of your home are secure.
“We know that motion sensor security lighting is a deterrent for thieves so you could consider that as a preventative measure if you have concerns.
“Opportunist thieves will target the Heaton and Jesmond areas and so we need people to work with us to help prevent this type of offending.
“The positive news is that we have made an arrest and we will continue to carry out patrols to identify any other suspects operating in the area.
“If anyone notices anyone acting suspiciously in the area then we would ask you to remain vigilant and contact police.”
The 44-year-old man arrested for the burglary on Saint George’s Terrace appeared before magistrates in Bedlington today.
He was charged with one count of burglary and was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on July 2.
Extra patrols will continue in the area with neighbourhood officers adopting a previously successful tactic of delivering empty pizza boxes to students.
It comes after the launch of the #PieceOfAdvice campaign launched last year to encourage students to keep their doors and windows locked.
That campaign saw pizza boxes delivered to students containing the message “this time it’s an empty pizza box, next time it could be an empty home”.
You can read more about that campaign here: https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/latest-news/2018/october/police-officers-deliver-pizza-boxes-to-student-properties-targeted-by-burglars/
Anyone who wants to report suspicious activity can do that on the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101.