Beware the cat-flap raiders

Published on: 04 Aug 2014

DON’T leave your keys in the door overnight - that’s the warning from the police to householders in the Downend area after a spate of cat-flap burglaries.

In three incidents, raiders got into homes during the night by reaching in through a cat flap to get the key and unlock the door.

On one occasion, the offenders left empty-handed.

In the other two cases, the thieves made off with wallets and handbags containing cash and bank cards and also took mobile phones and laptop computers. 

Neighbourhood PC James Rochford said: “We have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries and crime scene investigations and are targeting our patrols to tackle this unusual level of criminal activity. This sort of burglary can be prevented by making sure the keys are removed from the door and put safely out of view and reach. 

“It’s also a good idea to install tracking software on smart phones, tablets and laptop computers.” 

Anyone with information that could help the investigations is asked to get in touch with Avon & Somerset police through the website, by calling 101 or by ringing the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 


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