POLICE are mounting extra patrols after a spate of burglaries in South Tyneside.
Five homes were targeted in the town between Friday night and yesterday morning.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton is urging people to secure their doors, windows and garden sheds, and extra patrols are being mounted in the area.
He said: “We are urging people to make sure their doors and windows are securely locked and for anyone who notices any suspicious behaviour to get in touch.
“There will be extra patrols in the areas which have been affected and there will also be plain clothed offices in operation too.”
The first theft took place between Friday evening and Saturday morning in Ainsworth Avenue, Biddick Hall, South Shields.
A rear kitchen window was opened and electrical goods were stolen.
A house in Galsworthy Road, also Biddick Hall, was targeted after its front door was forced open at some time on Saturday.
The owner doesn’t live full-time at the property so is still unsure what’s been taken.
Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, two mountain bikes were taken from a shed in Copley Avenue, Whiteleas.
While a laptop was removed from an address in Wolsey Court, West Harton, after an unlocked door was opened.
The most recent burglary took place in Gaskell Avenue, Biddick Hall, between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Items including an iPad, cash and jewellery were taken.
Anyone who spots an unusual activity, or has any information on the thefts, can call Northumbria Police on 101.