Officers in North Tyneside are already seeing results after taking a stance against theft as part of Operation Tamper.
As a result of recent reports of thefts from vehicles in Whitley Bay and the North Shields area, officers have launched Operation Tamper to prevent and tackle crime.
Officers have already made a number of arrests and charges in connection with these offences including a 43-year-old woman charged with handling stolen goods and fraud offences, a 31-year-old man charged with three counts of vehicle interference, a 36-year-old charged with two counts of vehicle thefts, two counts of fraud and vehicle interference and a 16-year-old male charged with handling stolen goods, four counts of fraud and interference with a motor vehicle.
Neighbourhood Inspector Michelle Caisley, from Northumbria Police, said how important it is that results are already starting to show since the operation was launched.
She said: “It is great to see the hard work already paying off. We’ve made multiple arrests, some of which have already seen suspects charged.
“This type of work is crucial to ensuring communities remain safe and that those responsible for these crimes are brought before the courts.
“I want to reassure residents that we’re carrying out extra patrols in the area as part of our enquiries as well so anyone with any concerns should speak to an officer.
“I also want to urge the public to report any suspicious behaviour and to lock their vehicles and not leave any valuables on show as this can encourage opportunistic thieves.”
Anyone with any concerns or information should contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team via 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report online via our website.
You can also report anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.