PEOPLE in South Tyneside are being urged to register goods on a national database, as a crackdown on opportunist thieves continues.
Police are also reminding people to lock their sheds, as spring often brings a rise in garden thefts.
Neighbourhood Inspector Ian King said: “People may not realise the total value of items in their shed, but if they’re storing garden tools, bikes and DIY materials it all adds up.
“If they’re stolen, it’s not only expensive to replace them but an inconvenience.
“We always encourage people to register valuable items on the national property database, Immobilise.
“If police recover property that has been registered on the site, we can return it to the owner.
“The database also means we can take action against those people are found in possession of property that is clearly not their own.”
n For crime prevention advice, visit www.northumbria.police.uk. To register your property, go to www.immobilise.com.