Warning over cat flap burglaries - Downend

Published on: 04 Jul 2014

 
 

We’d like to remind people living in the Downend area of the importance of not leaving keys in the door overnight after recent burglaries. 

There have been three break-ins, all between midnight and 2.30am, since Tuesday 27 May. 

In all three cases, the thieves have reached in through a cat flap to get the key and unlock the door. 

In one incident, on Thursday 26 June, the offenders made off empty-handed after setting off a motion-sensing alarm at about 2.30am

In the other two cases, on Tuesday 27 May and Tuesday 1 July, the thieves were able to steal wallets or 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 enquiries 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 and to register property for free on www.immobilise.com.” 

There’s more home security advice on our website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

If you have any information which could help our investigations, please get in touch through the website or by calling 101. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. 

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