Police in South Tyneside are asking residents to help beat the burglar and keep their possessions safe from thieves.
Last month, eight people were arrested for burglary offences in the borough and a month-long campaign aims to let people know what steps police are taking to target burglars – and the steps members of the public can take to help.
Police are asking people to support the efforts they are making to target burglars and say simple crime-prevention advice can often be enough to stop them in their tracks.
Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, said: “Reducing the number of burglaries is a priority for us.
“We know the impact being broken into has, not just on victims but their family, friends and neighbours as well. We want to make people feel even safer and help prevent them from being a victim.
“Officers work diligently to identify those suspected of being responsible for burglaries and handling stolen goods to make sure they are arrested and put before the courts.
“Regular patrols are carried out in the areas burglars are targeting to act as a deterrent to any further offences, and be in the area to take immediate action should any burglaries be reported.
“Most burglars target houses that look the least secure. They will target properties where windows have been left open or doors unlocked, or ones where there obviously isn’t a burglar alarm.
“We want to remind people of the steps they can take to help prevent their property from being burgled.”
Throughout November police say they will will be carrying out days of action throughout the force area to target those suspected of being involved in burglary, as well as hosting crime prevention events.
For crime-prevention information, go to http://www.northumbria.police.uk/homesecurity.
People are also being urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise at www.immobilise.com.
This allows stolen property to be returned to the rightful owner.