People living in South Tyneside and Sunderland are being urged to protect their homes from thieves this summer.
The call comes after a number of homes have been targeted by criminals who have managed to gain access through open windows and doors.
Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: “People spend more time outside during the summer months and it can often be tempting to leave a door unlocked to make going in and out of the house easier, or leave a window open to let in some fresh air - but it also makes it easier for thieves to get into the property.
“We want to remind people to make sure that doors and windows are always kept securely locked. It is also important to remind family members including children to ensure porches, windows and doors are not left open or unlocked when the room is unoccupied or overnight. If windows are being left open make sure they are not left wide open and can be locked in place.
“Taking a few moments to consider whether homes are secure could prove crucial in helping prevent someone from being broken into.”
For crime prevention advice visit police website www.northumbria.police.uk