OPPORTUNIST burglars will be targeted in the first phase of a police operation.
Cleveland Police have launched a Crackdown on Crime campaign, with its first objective being to cut down the number of thefts from insecure homes.
Police say around one in three burglaries is said to be committed by someone sneaking in through an open door or window.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Swinson, head of crime operations for Cleveland Police, said: “Essentially the campaign is about encouraging people to take steps to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime.
“You have the right to feel safe in your own home, and having it broken into can be a very distressing experience.
“What we are saying is don’t give burglars that opportunity.”
The Crackdown on Crime campaign will see neighbourhood police officers handing out leaflets and giving advice while out on patrol.
People are advised to fit strong locks to doors and windows and keep them locked; keep them out of sight in a safe place; fit outside lighting; install a burglar alarm; and mark valuables and don’t leave them on show.
Further crime prevention advice is available by ringing crime reduction officers on (01642) 326326.