Police step up patrols after spate of burglaries

By Tim Clarke Tuesday 20 November 2012 Updated: 21/11 15:29

POLICE have stepped up patrols in Claines after a spate of burglaries which saw jewellery, cash and credit cards stolen from people's homes.

The three break-ins on St Anne's Road, Northwick Road and Beckett Close during November 15 and 16 has prompted police to increase their presence in the area.

It follows three other break-ins in Claines at the end of October where homes were targeted on Green Lane, Northwick Avenue and Ombersley Road.

Police are also door-knocking as part of their efforts to reassure the public but they have called on residents to be extra vigilant with their security, particularly of jewellery, as burglars look to take advantage of the darker winter evenings.

Detective Inspector Richard Rees, of Worcester CID's Proactive Team, said: "Jewellery has been taken in many of the burglaries that happened in Claines and elsewhere in the county. I would advise that jewellery should be kept out of sight and in as secure a place as possible. Also, take photos of your jewellery if it is of sentimental value or distinctive and this can help us in our attempts to trace your items if the worst happens and they are stolen."

DI Rees also appealed to people living in Claines to contact the police immediately if they see anyone behaving suspiciously.

"If you've had any unusual callers, particular cold callers, at your home, please let us know," he said.

"With the evenings getting darker as winter draws in, it is important for residents to do what they can to protect their properties and there are some simple steps you can take to deter burglars. Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves, so taking some basic measures will deter many."

Residents are advised to leave a light on to make it look like someone is at home or invest in timer switches to turn lights and radios on while they are out.

Plenty of outside lighting will also deter burglars as well as making sure gates to the rear of properties are locked.

For more advice visit www.westmercia.police.uk/news/campaigns-and-initiatives/lighten-up-don-t-be-in-the-dark-about-home-security.html

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