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Village burglaries linked

Posted on October 15 2012 at 2:06:04

A spate of burglaries across The Village area, including the latest in Alvechurch, could be linked, police believe.

The Alvechurch raid, in Grange Lane, happened between 10.30am and 12.40pm last Friday (12th October), when money, jewellery and cameras were stolen, and £2,500 damage caused.

A window had been smashed, causing £500 damage, and £2,000 damage had also been caused to doors. House to house inquiries have been carried out in the area.

Police are looking into whether the burglary may be linked to a series of break-ins in rural areas of North Worcestershire, including Rowney Green and Barnt Green, in the last few weeks.

Detective Constable Adam Pugh of West Mercia Police said: “The rural locations of the burglaries suggest the offenders are using a vehicle, and they are taking small items which are easily removed.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Alvechurch area on Friday morning, including details of any vehicles the offenders may have been using. Even if information seems insignificant, we urge people to pass it on.”

Last month West Mercia Police launched Citadel, a new initiative aimed at driving down the number of burglaries committed in the force area. Burglary of people’s homes and catching offenders is a high priority for the force.

Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves who are looking for the easiest way of getting into a house without being seen or disturbed, so householders are being reminded of the importance of keeping doors and windows locked.

Other advice includes ensuring lights come on at dusk, keeping hedges trimmed so homes can be easily seen from the road, securing side gates to prevent access to the rear of the property, and securely storing garden tools which could be used to force entry.

More crime prevention information is available on the force website, http://www.westmercia.police.uk/

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Det Con Pugh on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 289-s-121012 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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