Daylight raids lead to police warning to village residents

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 October 2010



Copyright Archant Ltd

HOMEOWNERS in Banwell are being urged to be on their guard and consider installing alarms following a spate of burglaries in the village.

Police have issued the message after three daylight raids on three homes in Castle Street and West Street in two weeks last month.

The burglaries are being linked by officers because they all targeted electrical goods and used property rear windows and doors for access.

The thefts come after five burglaries were committed in August, one in July and three in June.

The previous year saw just one burglary during the same period.

PC Dave Eastham said: “Now would be an opportune time to check your own home security and to get into the habit of routinely putting into place the security measures you already have. Opportunist thieves are very proficient at what they do and how they do it. Don’t give them a chance.”

PC Eastham and PCSO Maggie Evans have called on villagers to consider setting up Neighbourhood Watch Schemes or setting up alarm systems in their homes.

PC Eastham said: “Alarms are relatively cheap and easy to install. When you add up the value of property and contents, the cost of installing an alarm is minimal.

“The other positive action would be to form a watch scheme with other residents, this has been proven to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.”

The schemes enable a group of about eight to 20 homeowners to pass and receive information on crime via a messaging system.

Aside from burglaries in the village, antisocial behaviour remains a problem with 32 incidents being reported from June to August, one up from the same period in the previous year.

However, crimes of violence have dramatically dropped and robbery and vehicle thefts rates remain very low.

Police hold beat surgeries in the village hall in Westfield Road from 9-10.30am every Tuesday.

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