POLICE are urging householders to be on the alert after a number of burglaries in which cash and jewellery were stolen.
A total of 14 burglaries have been reported since mid-November in Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon, Congresbury, Highbridge, Nailsea, Pill, Weston-super-Mare and Yatton.
While the householders were out burglars have forced rear doors, often smashing a glass panel to gain entry. They’re targeting cash, watches and high-value jewellery and leaving costume jewellery and other valuables.
Det Sgt Mark Bryant of Avon and Somerset police said: “Jewellery and watches are so often gifts from loved ones, with a sentimental value over and above their price, which makes them irreplaceable.
“We’re carrying out detailed investigations at each crime scene, including forensic examinations and house to house enquiries as well as issuing Neighbourhood Watch alerts.”
“If you have any information about these burglaries please call 101 and give the reference 5221293767. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“I would also ask people to report suspicious activity at a neighbour’s property straight away.
“If you hear an alarm sounding or glass breaking look out if you feel safe doing so and pass on descriptions of people and vehicles.”
“Call 999 if a crime is in progress or the suspects are still in the area. Otherwise ring our 24/7 non-emergency number 101.”
You can deter burglars by:
• keeping side gates locked and storing tools and ladders securely
• ensuring doors and windows are closed and locked if you’re not in the room
• locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, when it gets dark as well as when you go out
• keeping cash in a bank, building society or post office account
• using a specialist storage firm or safety deposit box for high value jewellery
• if you do use a safe, investing in a good quality one that’s professionally fitted to a solid wall or floor
• keeping a record of your valuables including a photo and short description
• wherever possible, installing and using burglar alarms, CCTV and smart doorbells
• joining or setting up Neighbourhood Watch: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/apply/neighbourhood-watch-scheme/
You can find out more on the crime prevention pages of the police website: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/