Shed alarms given away.
Northumbria Police's Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with partners to fund 500 free alarms for residents in the West Denton and Westerhope areas of Newcastle.
And Neighbourhood Beat Officers and Community Support Officers are now busy handing them out in areas where there have been reports of shed burglaries.
The alarms will not only be added peace of mind for residents but will act as a deterrent for burglars.
Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Farrell, said: "During this time of year we often see an increase in shed burglaries and handing out alarms is one way to reduce the risk of our residents becoming a victim of a crime by increasing their security.
"Together with our partners we're determined to support our communities in anyway we can to prevent them becoming a victim of burglary and other crime. Handing out security devices is one way of doing this.
"Another is to carry out extra patrols in key areas and offer crime prevention advice to help residents combat the opportunist burglar and ensure their property is safe and secure." Westerhope and Denton councillors, Your Homes Newcastle and the police funded the alarms through the Westerhope and Denton Safer Neighbourhoods Action and Problem Solving (SNAPS) group..