Campaign sees drop in crime

A POLICE campaign to crack down on theft was a success, new figures show.

Northumbria Police launched its Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Christmas initiative in November to help people avoid becoming the victims of crime.

Now it has been revealed that during the campaign there was an overall five per cent reduction in acquisitive crime on the same period the previous year.

The number of reported thefts went down 13 per cent from 1,298 to 1,120 and there was a 17 per cent decrease in robberies, from 69 to 57. Burglary from dwelling fell from 471 to 422.

However, there was an increase in shoplifting, going up to 1,078 from 1,026 in 2009, and theft from vehicles rose from 573 to 584.

There were specific operations in different parts of the force, including Morpeth where a campaign to curb acquisitive crime and illegal parking in the town centre helped to reduce offences, with only three such crimes being committed there during the whole of December.

Chief Inspector Bob Ryan, of Northumbria Police’s Harm Reduction Unit, said: “We wanted everyone to have a happy holiday and not fall victim to petty thieves.

“As part of the campaign, officers took part in operational activities to disrupt criminal activity, catch thieves, and seize stolen goods.”

Officers continue to target thieves and advise on how to avoid becoming the victim of theft.

For crime prevention tips visit www.northumbria.police.uk or call neighbourhood teams on 03456 043043, ext 69191.