Witness appeal following burglary in Worcester Park
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We are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Worcester Park on Saturday, 6 November.
Officers were called to reports of a burglary in the South Worcester Park area at around 8.30pm on Saturday, 6 November. The suspect forced entry through the property’s back door and took a large amount of cash and jewellery. The total value of the items stolen is around £35,000 and includes a wedding ring and gold jewellery with sentimental value to the victim.
The owners of the property were not at the address at the time.
We are also investigating a number of other residential burglaries that have recently occurred in the area. These took place on Thursday, 21 October, Wednesday, 27 October and Saturday, 30 October. There was an attempted burglary on Wednesday, 3 November.
Sergeant James Dawborn, who is investigating the incident, said: “As a Force we’re committed to tackling burglary and we believe Saturday’s burglary may be linked to several others in the area that we are currently investigating. I would encourage anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious to please get in touch.”
Did you see or hear anything in the area on Saturday evening? Do you have any dashboard camera footage that might help us identify the suspect?
If you know anything that may assist our enquiries, please contact us quoting crime reference number PR/45210117685 via:
If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:
Most house alarm systems can be configured to provide coverage to garages using ‘wireless’ connections. If this isn’t possible standalone ‘Shed alarms’ are also available.
Consider the use of ground anchors and cables. Using a large cable to link several items together will make them more difficult to steal, padlocking the cable to a ground anchor will provide additional protection.
There are a number of security marking schemes available for cycles ranging from electronic Datatags (similar to pet microchips) to chemical etching.
Fit a good quality padlock, which has a hardened steel shackle (the part which opens and passes through the hasp) to all shed doors. The shorter the shackle the better because it prevents the jaws of bolt croppers being able to be placed around it.
Use anti-tamper screws or smear hard setting glue on the screw-heads of the door hinges.
Lock or permanently fix windows shut and cover them, perhaps with an old curtain, so no one can see what is kept inside.
Install a shed alarm and place a sticker in the window or on the door to advertise the fact.
Invest in a secure storage toolbox.
Make sure that fences/gates to your property are secure and remember to put any property away at night or when you go out during the day.
Darkness is the perfect cover for burglars and the effective and economic answer is to install outside lighting, which comes on only when people are present.