POLICE have launched an operation to tackle burglars in two South Tyneside villages.
Extra high-profile patrols will take place in Cleadon and Boldon to prevent offences from taking place, as well as undercover operations to identify thieves and burglars.
It follows burglaries which have taken place to homes and garages in recent weeks.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Extra patrols - both uniformed and covert - are taking place in the area, including the horse section which will provide a high visibility presence in the area at key times.
“We’ll be speaking with local residents about crime prevention and urging them to report suspicious activity they see in their local area.
“The operation is taking place following burglaries which have taken place in the area.
“We understand the devastating impact being the victim of a burglary can be and that’s why it remains a priority for us to prevent offences from taking place and deal with those responsible.”
The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice.
Residents are reminded to take crime prevention steps to protect their property.
Insp Hudson added: “Some burglaries are opportunist and people should make sure they secure windows and lock doors to homes, sheds and garages, especially when going out or overnight.
“Taking steps such as installing an alarm, security lighting or CCTV all deter burglars, and timing lights to come on when out late at night also helps deter thieves.
“By taking some simple steps, residents can significantly reduce their risk of falling victim to a burglar.”
People are encouraged to look out for their neighbours, particularly those they know are on holiday.
To report information to police dial 101, to report a crime ongoing dial 999.