Lighter nights and warmer weather historically sees a rise in anti-social behaviour, thefts and burglaries.
But now that the clocks have gone forward, Northumbria Police is reassuring people that officers in the communities it serves, including Northumberland, will be carrying out a number of initiatives to prevent these types of crimes and ensure those caught committing offences are brought before the courts.
Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton said: “Neighbourhood teams across the force have launched operations to ensure residents have the correct crime prevention advice and proactively target those suspected of being involved in such crimes.
“As the nights get lighter, criminals look to take advantage of people enjoying the weather.
“Thieves will target open doors, windows, sheds and garages, hoping for a quick and easy steal.
“Our advice is to not leave valuables on show and if you’re in the back garden, make sure doors and windows are locked.
“Don’t become an easy target.”
Northumbria Police will be working closely with partner organisations, local authorities and communities to help prevent crimes and address any concerns.
Residents can report suspicious activity by calling the force on 101.