Reminder to Secure Properties after Rise in Burglaries

Police are reminding members of the public to keep their doors and windows secure after a recent rise in the number of burglaries whereby car keys are taken and then used to steal the car.

The majority of these burglaries have taken place in the early hours of the morning and entry has mainly been gained through insecure doors.

Throughout December there have been 19 such incidents, compared to only eight in December 2016. Of those 19, ten occurred in the Middlesbrough area, four in Stockton, three in Redcar & Cleveland and two in Hartlepool.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Chris Barker said: “We have seen an increased number of incidents recently of burglaries where access is gained to a property through an insecure door and vehicle keys have been stolen, resulting in the thefts of those vehicles.

“In order to help prevent these incidents from happening, and help prevent more people becoming victims of crime, we’d like to remind people to keep their windows and doors secure and to remove vehicle keys from sight and from hallways, where they are easily accessible to thieves.

“Vehicles are often one of people’s most valuable possessions and insurance companies may not pay out if a vehicle is stolen due to a property being insecure.”