Officers investigating four burglaries across Northumberland at the weekend have recovered a quad bike as part of enquiries.
Police will continue enquiries into the crimes and are asking anyone with information to get in touch with officers.
Detective Sergeant Dave Boon, from Northumbria Police’s Burglary Team, said: “Even the smallest detail can help with our investigations. It may be the missing piece needed to help secure an arrest or charge.
“We are looking at the possibility that these crimes may be linked and we need the public to report anything suspicious to us so we can build a wider picture of these incidents.”
The first burglary was reported shortly before 7.30am yesterday (Monday), with reports that a livestock trailer and quad bike had been taken from a farm in Acomb.
The second was from another Acomb farm where a report came in an hour later reporting a shed had been broken into and a red Honda ATV had been stolen.
The third was another shed burglary, this time in Wark. It was reported around 9.20am yesterday and saw a Honda off road bike, a Honda quad bike and two chainsaws stolen.
The final burglary was reported shortly after 12.35pm yesterday, where a quantity of diesel was taken from Wark Sports Club.
All incidents are believed to have occurred overnight.
Officers continually work with partners to develop a problem-solving approach to tackle burglary which includes ongoing operations and initiatives and 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.
DS Boon added: “Recent figures highlight that burglary crimes have gone down by 6% this past year and that is a reflection of the continued efforts of officers and partners to tackle these types of crimes and recover stolen items and return them to their rightful owners.
“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.
“I also want to remind the public to take steps where possible to help protect themselves and their belongings.”
Advice around keeping your property safe can include:
- 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, quads and tools at home by locking them inside a locked shed or garage where possible.
- Ensure 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/
- Use tracking devices where possible to help make stolen items easier to locate.
Anyone with information about the above crimes is asked to contact police via 101 and ask to speak to the Northern Burglary Team or alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.