OFFICERS from Tamworth Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following a recent spate of burglaries in the area.
On Monday 29 February Staffordshire Police received three reports of burglary:
Offenders gained entry to a property in Belsize just after 5.30pm on Monday evening, by forcing a side window into a conservatory. Once inside they stole electrical items and keys to 3 vehicles. (Incident number 584 of 29 February).
Police received a call at 8.20pm on Monday evening reporting a break-in at a property in Cowley. Offenders smashed a fence in the back garden and gained entry to the house through the conservatory before stealing electrical items including laptops. (Incident number 717 of 29 February).
Just before 11.40pm on Monday night police received a report of a break-in at a house in Gillway Lane. Two men entered the property at around 11pm by snapping the lock on a side door. Offenders told the house owner they were from the Gas board. They then stole her purse containing cash. No other search was made of the property. (Incident number 801 of 29 February).
On Tuesday 1 March Staffordshire Police received five break-in reports:
Just after 7am on Tuesday morning police were called to the report of a burglary in Durham Close. Offenders broke into a garage and stole six high value and specialised bikes. (Incident number 57 of 1 March).
In another incident, just after 7am yesterday morning, a Range Rover Evoke was stolen from a drive in Blackwood Road. Offenders gained entry through a locked side door and stole the keys from inside the house. (Incident number 58 of 1 March).
Just before 8am on Tuesday morning police received a call reporting the theft of car keys from a house in Oxbridge Way. Only the keys were stolen and the car was not taken. (Incident number 79 of 1 March).
Just before 10am on Tuesday morning police received a report of a shed break-in at a property in Sycamore. The lock had been jemmied and an untidy search made of the shed. Offenders stole sporting and garden equipment. (Incident number 153 of 1 March).
Offenders gained entry to a property in Quince after approaching the rear door via the back garden. A female occupant was threatened but unhurt by two offenders, who then made an untidy search and stole a cash tin. (Incident number 571 of 1 March).
Police received a report at 8.23am this morning (Wednesday 2 March) reporting a burglary at a business premises in Mariner. Between 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) and 7.45am this morning, offenders have kicked in the door to gain entry and made an untidy search before stealing a safe, electrical equipment and the CCTV box. (Incident number 94 of 2 March).
DS Dave Rowlands from the Force CID said:
“Local neighbourhood officers are conducting house to house enquiries in the area and we urge residents to take a moment to ensure their homes or property is kept secure using the simple crime prevention steps we regularly promote.
Being a victim of a burglary can have long lasting effect on people, knowing someone has been in your home, with disregard to privacy and possessions. Taking these few measures could help keep property safe”.
Residents are reminded of the below crime prevention advice to help keep burglars at bay:
- keep windows secured, particularly when leaving home, or when going into the back garden or going upstairs.
- ensure valuable items are not left in plain view and in easy reach of an open window.
- fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to windows that are in easy reach.
- keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes.
- keep garages and sheds secure.
- fit an inaccessible bolt to garden gates.
Anyone with any information on the above incident is asked to contact DS Dave Rowlands on 101, quoting the relevant incident number.
You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.