Incident 151 19/10/2014 : A Mercedes A Class motor car was broken into via the drivers window overnight on a garage forecourt at BLACKHILL. The speedometer and part of the dashboard was stolen.
Incident 89 18/09/2014 : A VW GOLF motor car has been vandalised on a private driveway in the village of ASHORNE overnight between Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th October.
Both incidents are being investigated and cctv footage is being examined.
Please be aware that during the night of 19 into 20 October, offenders entered a garage at a block of flats on Staple Hill, Wellesbourne.
The offenders opened the up and over door of the garage, which may have been left insecure, and stole a set of Wilson golf clubs in a golf bag.
Warwickshire Police is encouraging residents to take a few simple steps to keep their homes safe and secure, particularly during the darker months.
The message comes from Warwickshire Police as part of its ‘Lighten up’ campaign, which reminds people that their home is less likely to be burgled if it appears occupied.
Overall numbers of burglaries in Warwickshire decreased by 6% in the period 2012-2013, and year to date figures for 2014 show a further decrease of 35% compared to the same period last year (April to September 2013), however over the last five years a peak in burglaries has been observed in October and November.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Judge, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police burglary lead said: “With the clocks going back this Sunday (26th October 2014), and the onset of dark nights, unlit houses can be a target for thieves.
“You can significantly reduce the chance of becoming burgled by taking a few simple precautions, especially at this time of year when we observe a peak in house burglaries. Most house break-ins are opportunistic, so don’t give thieves an opportunity.”
The ‘Lighten up’ top security tips are:
- A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in
- Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out
- Save energy and money with low-energy light bulbs
- Lock windows and doors and keep gates and side entrances well secured
- Don’t leave car keys or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them
- Invest in external lighting
People are also urged to property mark valuables and make the details viewable to the police by registering them on Immobilise: www.immobilise.com. Belongings can be registered for free and it improves the chance of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.
Further home security advice is available on the force website: http://onlinenews.warwickshire.police.uk/general_info/burglaries
Wellesbourne safer neighbourhood team
Stratford on Avon police station
Tel 01789 444600