Police arrest 52 in theft crackdown

CRACKDOWN ... Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt.

CRACKDOWN ... Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt.

A CAMPAIGN targeting shoplifters and burglars has led to 52 arrests in South Tyneside in less than a month.

Police in the borough launched Operation Domain on Monday, April 7.

Since then, 30 people have been arrested for shoplifting, six for robbery, nine for house burglaries and two for shed burglaries.

Three people have also been arrested on suspicion of stealing bikes, and two for taking scrap metal from gardens.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of the police’s South Tyneside area command, said: “We’ve been carrying out extra patrols, a series of pro-active operations and crime prevention events to prevent offences from taking place and take action against those people involved in such crimes.

“As a result, more than 50 people have been arrested as part of Operation Domain.

“We’re not complacent, and will continue to do everything possible to tackle those who steal and burgle in our communities.”

Crime prevention events included an open house at which residents could call for information on how to keep their homes safe from burglars.

Bike-marking events have also taken place across South Tyneside.

For more advice on thwarting thieves, visit www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention.

South Tynesiders are also being urged to sign up to the online property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191.




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