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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Cumbria police urge residents to prevent sneak in thiefs

CUMBRIA Police are urging householders to keep doors and windows locked to prevent ‘sneak-in’ thefts.

Criminals entering homes and buildings that are insecure, by doors and windows being left unlocked, has become one of the most common ways to burgle someone.

Figures show that for the last three years, 40 per cent of burglaries across Cumbria are as a result of a property being insecure.

The most popular items to steal are handbags, cash, mobile phones, laptops and keys.

All items which are easy to take and carry away.

Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “The way in which some criminals work as changed. They will wander the streets, looking for open windows, trying front and back doors to see if they are open.

“If you are sitting in one part of the house and cannot hear the front door opening, then this is an ideal opportunity for a thief. They will walk up and down streets, trying every door to see if it will open and then just enter a home and take what they see first.

“Police officers, PCSO’s and Special Constables can target an area that has been subjected to these theft’s to help deter any further from happening but this does not help those who have already been a made victim.

“Throughout the year there is a vast amount of work done by Cumbria Police to ensure the safety of our community, from being out on patrol and visiting vulnerable residents, to updating Community Messaging.

“We also work very closely with partner agencies, such as the local authorities and Trading Standards to help promote crime safety advice.

“We also ask that if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your community then call us, please make a note of descriptions of clothing and direction of travel.

“This will help us to track them down and make enquiries to find out what they were doing.

“The information we get from the public is vital.

“The answer is a simple one, lock windows and doors that you are not going to hear being opened.

“Don’t let thieves have easy access to your homes.”

PCSO Emma Forrester for Ulverston & the Lakes is running a Crime Prevention and Bike Marking Surgery on Saturday (25) and visitors to the area are invited to join Emma and her colleagues from Cumbria Police in the Main Hall at Coniston Institute, Yewdale Road from 10am to noon.

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