Students being warned – Not If, But When…

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

Volunteers from Northumbria and Newcastle Students’ Unions 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. 70% of the student burglaries between September and November were entry via open doors and windows.

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

Neighbourhood Inspector Louise Cass-Williams said: “Many of the burglaries
we’ve 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 we’re pleased to be backing students at the
university who’ve 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. www.notifbutwhen.co.uk