Burglaries increase in town centre

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 November 2010

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RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard after burglaries in Weston town centre have increased by nearly a quarter in the past six months.

The area, to include South Ward, has seen a year on year increase of 21 per cent between April and October.

Offences in Worle and the villages remain at the same level when compared to last year.

In the past week a 31-year-old burglar from Weston has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for 10 offences in the area.

Antony Martin, aged 31, left traces of his blood at the scene when he burgled a property in Yatton.

When the victim contacted the police to report the theft of jewellery and other personal artefacts, officers collected a sample of the blood and sent it for forensic testing and results identified Mr Martin,

While in custody the burglar admitted to committing a further nine burglaries in the Weston area and he appeared at Bristol Crown Court on November 12.

A police spokesman said: “In the lead up to Christmas and the increased night time economy it is imperative that the public remain increasing vigilant of their security arrangements and do not make themselves or their property a target.”

Officers are carrying out proactive work in the community giving advice to the neighbours of burglars to make sure there are no repeat offences.

Residents are being warned to always secure windows and doors, especially at night and if they do want to open a window, never leave it unattended, keep small high-value items like car keys, mobile phone, wallet, handbag and jewellery out of sight, and ensure they can not be seen or reached through cat flaps and letter boxes and not to keep pin numbers in a diary.

They are also being advised to set light switch timers for when they are out or away on holiday, take an interest in the security at the homes of vulnerable family members and look out neighbours and report any suspicious behaviour.

There will be a big push on property marking in the coming weeks with Operation Jingle launching, which will be encouraging consumers to register their purchases on websites such as www.immobilise.com and www.reportmyloss.com

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