A DOG, fish, statues and phones are among a list of items stolen from gardens in South Tyneside so far this summer, police have said.
In the past month across South Tyneside people have reported everything from fish, ornamental statues, metal cylinders, mobile phones, a dog and scaffolding taken from gardens.
The thefts have now prompted officers to issue a reminder of how quickly a thief can strike if property is left insecure.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson, said: “One of the things we are getting reports of are mobile phones being stolen.
“People – in particular young people – are putting their phones down while playing, and they are being stolen or left behind, and when they return have been taken.”
Insp Hudson also said pedal bikes being left unlocked in gardens or outside shops was still an issue, and is encouraging owners to ensure they are chained whenever they are not in use.
“It only takes a thief seconds if the opportunity to steal is there – don’t give them that chance.”
Crime prevention advice is available by visiting www.northumbria.police.uk