POLICE are warning householders to take care after three daylight burglaries in just a few hours in South Tyneside.
The burglaries happened on Friday afternoon, and in each case the thieves gained access to properties via insecure back doors.
Two homes in Witton Road, Hebburn, were targeted between 1pm and 2pm.
Several distinctive Pandora rings were stolen from one, along with a mobile phone and tablet computer. Nothing was stolen from the second.
Between 10.30am and 3.30pm, a property in Drummonds Crescent, Jarrow, was broken into, and a games console and cash stolen.
Police are carrying out inquiries into all three burglaries and are keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information.
Anyone who has been offered the jewellery or other items for sale is also asked to come forward.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “Simply locking doors, even when inside your home, can be enough to stop thieves in their tracks.
“Thieves are opportunist in their nature, and we would urge people to stop giving them easy access.
“Burglaries cause misery to homeowners - there’s not only the financial implications, but also the devastation of having someone go through your personal belongings.
“By following security advice, people can make sure there’s no place for opportunist thieves in South Tyneside.”
Anyone with information on the burglaries can contact police on 101, extension 69191, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.