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Students being warned – Not If, But When

November 20, 2012, 12:18 pm

Police are supporting a student campaign aimed at reducing burglaries in Newcastle.

The Not If, But When week-long campaign starts on Monday, 19 November.

Volunteers from Newcastle and Northumbria Universities were joined by Newcastle Area Command Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Police Cadets in the Jesmond and Heaton areas.

As well as speaking to students, giving them advice about crime prevention and burglaries, balloons were also handed out directing people to the Not If, But When website.

Balloons were put through any windows which had been left wide open by householders – the idea being that if there’s enough room for a balloon to get through the window or door then there’s enough room for a burglar. Residents are also being spoken to about the campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about student accommodation burglaries in Jesmond and Heaton and just how preventable most are.

Most thefts have happened as a result of doors and windows being left either unlocked or wide open.

Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team together with Safe Newcastle are backing the campaign.

Newcastle East Neighbourhood Inspector Louise Cass-Williams said: “Many of the burglaries weve been called to have involved the thieves getting in through insecure doors and windows. Sometimes these have been left wide open.

“It’s vital people realise opportunist burglars will take advantage of this kind of open invitation and were pleased to be backing students at the university whove been running a campaign to raise awareness among their peers.

“By having a high student and police presence in the areas with the balloon campaign we hope to raise understanding and interest from all residents living in the neighbourhoods which will all help towards reducing the number of offences taking place.”

The balloons used will point people in the direction of the Not If, But When website where there is crime prevention information to reduce the risk of burglaries.

Go to the website at for more information. Links can also be found on this website to the university, police and Safe Newcastle websites.

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