Warning after spate of break-ins

Published on: 26 Aug 2016

PEOPLE living in Staple Hill are being asked to be extra vigilant after a spate of break-ins in recent weeks.
There have been three break-ins and an attempted burglary since Saturday August 6.
A resident of the James Road area woke on Sunday morning (August 7) to find the door open and mobile phones and bank cards missing.
Another householder in Lower Station Road had a laptop, handbag, watch, bank cards and cash in US dollars, euros as well as sterling stolen after their door was forced. The bag was later found dumped in a nearby bin.
On the Sunday afternoon, between 2-3.30pm thieves forced the door of a house in Hayward Road and stole a safe containing jewellery including more than a dozen rings set with stones including ruby, diamond, emerald, opal, amethyst and sapphire, as well as a wedding ring, a gold watch, silver charm bracelet, earrings, necklaces and cash.  On Tuesday August 9 a householder in James Road woke to find that someone had tried to break in but had been stopped by the door chain which had been put across when the door was locked.
Neighbourhood Inspector Clive Summerill said: “Our enquiries are ongoing, but we have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the affected areas and visited the individuals with home security advice as well as carrying out crime scene investigations where appropriate.
“I’d ask people to be vigilant and to call us straight away if they see anything suspicious. If you’re woken in the night by an alarm sounding, your dog barking or suspicious noises, do check and call us straight away. If you see someone behaving suspiciously or running away call 999, otherwise ring 101.”
Police advise setting your burglar alarm, if you have one, when you lock up at night as well as when you go out.
 Other household security tips include:
• Taking photographs of jewellery and other items of sentimental value
• Hiding portable valuables like mobile phones, wallets, keys and jewellery safely out of sight
• Marking property with your postcode and registering it at www.immobilise.com
• Joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
Anyone with information about any of the incidents can get in touch through the police website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101 quoting reference 5216175612. You can also ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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