Events to Launch Summer Insecure House Burglaries Campaign

To mark the launch of a summer campaign to raise awareness of insecure house burglaries and how to try to prevent them, members of the public are being invited to attend pop-up shops across Cleveland.

Four crime prevention pop-up shops which will take place this month in Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Skelton.

The events will raise awareness of insecure house burglaries, which tend to increase during the summer months when people often leave windows and doors unlocked. Burglars often take advantage of this.

Chief Inspector of Volume Crime, Chris Downes said: “This summer campaign is an excellent way to raise awareness of insecure burglaries and how to prevent them.

“Many people have the naïve attitude that their home will never be burgled, but leaving windows and doors unlocked invites thieves to target your home no matter who you are or where you live.

“People need to be made aware of the devastating consequences of personal belongings and expensive items being stolen when it can be prevented in the first place by keeping everything locked.”

During the summer months of 2016 (June to September), 298 insecure burglaries were reported to police. So far during 2017, there have been a total of 220.

All of the pop-up shops will be held between 11am and 1pm at the below dates and locations, with the exception of the final event which will be held between 10am and 2pm.

Monday 26th June – Asda at Portrack, Stockton
Tuesday 27th June – Tesco on Belle Vue Way in Hartlepool
Wednesday 28th June – Hill Street Shopping Centre (near to Bargain Buys) in Middlesbrough
Thursday 29th June – Asda on Pheasant Fields Lane in Skelton
Friday 30th June – Stockton High Street (10am - 2pm)

Crime Prevention & Architectural Liaison Officers will be in attendance as well as PCSOs, who will hand out leaflets and provide advice and support for the public on how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of burglary.

The Dot Peen property marking machine will also be available for anyone who wants to have their property marked.