Spate of six burglaries prompts police warning
PUBLISHED: 15:12 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:34 02 July 2015
THIEVES have stolen jewellery and other valuable items from pensioners’ homes while people were still inside during a spate of six burglaries and attempted break-ins.
Six incidents were reported in the Ashcombe area of Weston in the past month, prompting a police warning for other people living in the area.
Officers are now carrying out targeted patrols and handing out crime prevention information in the area through Neighbourhood Watch.
The most recent incidents include a mobile phone and laptop being taken from a house on last Thursday afternoon when the victim was at home.
Jewellery was also stolen from a pensioner’s home during the evening on June 24 after thieves gained entry through an open window while the elderly resident was in the house.
Thieves also tried to break into another house in the early hours of June 24 while the householder was in, but was not able to gain entry.
In another incident the front door of a house was forced at about 8.30pm on June 23 and a laptop was stolen. The elderly householder was at home at the time.
A wallet was stolen from a home at lunchtime on June 8 when a thief got in through an unlocked door when the occupant was inside.
On June 1 a carer disturbed a man in the bedroom of a pensioner’s home. The intruder fled empty-handed when challenged but had got in through an unlocked door while the householder was at home.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Colin Batchelor said: “We’re asking people to keep an eye out and call 999 straight away if they see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s home – especially if that neighbour is elderly.
“We know everyone is trying to keep cool at the moment, but it’s important to make sure doors and ground-floor windows are locked if you’re not in the same room. Make sure ladders or anything else which could be used to climb up to upper windows are secured as well.”
Anyone with any information which could help police enquiries is asked to get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference 67641/15.
Otherwise ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.