Watch out for garden crooks

THIEVES are on the prowl for garden furniture in Northumberland.

Police have warned residents to take extra care of their belongings following a spate of opportunist thefts in the county in which furniture and bikes have been taken from gardens.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: “Most of these thieves are opportunist and are stealing items because it’s easy.

“By taking a few moments to put items such as garden furniture and bikes away in a secure place people can make it more difficult for thieves and help stop themselves from being a victim.

“Other steps people can take is make sure gates are securely locked and use a good quality lock on garden sheds and garages.”

The inspector also urged residents to contact police if they notice any suspicious activity or vehicles in their neighbourhood.

“Our officers are carrying out enquiries to trace those responsible for the thefts and we want residents to work with us, not only by following simple crime prevention steps, but by reporting any suspicious activity, or anything that seems out of the ordinary in their neighbourhood,” he said.

“Information we get from our communities is vital to us and we want them to continue to help us make the area even better and safer.”

To report any suspicious behaviour in the area call police on 101, ext 69191.