Crooks have their cards marked in festive message.
CROOKS in the North East are getting a special Christmas card in a bid to make them think twice about turning to crime over the festive period.
They will be dropping through the letterboxes of the 350 most prolific thieves in the region to let them know they are on the crime-fighting radar.
It is the initiative of the North East Retail Crime Partnership which warns on it: "Spend your Christmas at home, not in a cell."
They are being sent out now and the card informs them that the NERCP network including retailers and police, share information on them and will be looking out for them, particularly throughout the festive season.
Sarah Dougherty, manager of the NERCP, said: "We're running this initiative in partnership with North East retailers and participating police forces Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire in a bid to tackle the displacement of retail crime throughout the region.
"The message being sent out in the Christmas cards is clear and simple; the partnership operates throughout the region and will be tracking criminal activity around the area, leaving nowhere to hide."
The initiative also ran last December with great success, according to organisers. The NERCP said that 87% of offenders who received the Christmas cards last year were not detected for taking part in retail crime over the festive period.
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