Police tackling shop thefts in Newcastle are warning thieves they will get caught.
Extra patrols are taking place during the school summer holidays with officers working with retailers to prevent shop thefts from taking place.
The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.
Activity also includes the registering of mobile phones and bikes with free property registering site Immobilise, as well as bike marking.
It’s aimed at keeping people’s property safe as well as keeping opportunist thieves in the city centre at bay.
Neighbourhood Inspector Caroline Ord said: “There has been a reduction of almost 10% in shop thefts this financial year when compared to the same period last year and while this is good news, we’re not complacent.
“Extra patrols are taking place in areas with high footfall, such as Northumberland Street and Eldon Square, and we’re working with retailers through Shopwatch to ensure they have information about known thieves, who are those who cause the most offences.
“Education plays a key part and we’ve been speaking with young people during the summer holidays about how stealing can have a negative impact on their future.
“Almost 85% of all shoplifting offences in the city centre are detected so the message is clear – steal and the likelihood is you will get caught.
“All of this is backed up with crime prevention advice and events to ensure people have the right advice to keep their property safe from opportunist thieves this summer.”
More crime prevention advice can be found at the force website atÂ http://www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention, while people are urged to sign up to Immobilise atÂ www.immobilise.com.