Police in West Norfolk are asking people to take extra care to lock doors and secure sheds, garages and outbuildings after several incidents in the past fortnight.
A house in Low Side in Upwell was targeted sometime during the day on Friday 1 December. The resident returned to find her home had been broken in to and offenders had taken cash and jewellery. (Crime Ref 36/84934/23)
On Saturday 25 November, between 11pm and midnight, a man entered the back garden of a property on Vong Lane in Pott Row. He then opened an unlocked shed and stole tools worth £600. (Crime Ref 36/83762/223)
In Priory Lane in South Wootton, during the day on Saturday 2 November, someone smashed the glass of an outbuilding in a garden and subsequently stole copper pipes and a copper tank from outside. (Crime Ref 36/85216/23)
Sometime overnight between Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November, an unknown person attempted to damage the door handle of a home on Millers Lane in Harpley but did not gain entry. (Crime Ref 36/85216/23)
They are not believed to be connected.
Officers are warning people to take a few steps to stay secure.
- Lock all doors and windows, removing the keys before leaving the house.
- Keep front doors locked even when you are at home, especially if you are in the back garden.
- Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
- Lock back gates using a sturdy lock
- Dusk-to-dawn’ sensor security lighting is a great way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
- Visible burglar alarms or doorbell cameras can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
- Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
- Never leave spare keys in an open place. Hide away to prevent them being stolen.
- Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
If anyone has any information about the crimes above, then please Norfolk Police quoting the relevant crime number
Report online: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/tell-us
Phone : 101
Crimestoppers: Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org