Warning after spate of burglaries in Peterborough

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Residents are being warned to keep their homes secure following a spate of burglaries in Peterborough.

There were six break ins in Peterborough homes on Wednesday or in the early hours of Thursday morning - and many of the raids happened after doors and windows were left unlocked.

Unlocked doors and windows are exactly what a burglar is looking for and leaves your home at serious risk. It is easy pickings, particularly at this time of year when Christmas presents are likely to be available.

Detective Tim Nasta

The burglaries were at:

Mountbatten Way, Ravensthorpe, in the early hours of Wednesday. Intruders got in through an unlocked rear door and stole a rucksack and a Lenovo laptop.

Eastfield Road, between 12.40pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday. Burglars got in through an unlocked window and stole cash and tobacco.

Harebell Close, Dogsthorpe, at 11.30pm on Wednesday. Entry through an unlocked front door and cash stolen from a handbag in the kitchen.

Gladstone Street, at about 1am yesterday (Thursday). The front door had been left unlocked and a laptop was stolen.

Sheridan Road, New England, between 8am and 10.45am on Wednesday. Burglars got in through a patio door and Christmas presents, jewellery, cash, a laptop and mobile phones taken.

Alexandra Road, between 2.20pm and 3.45pm on Wednesday. A board covering a smashed single pane of glass was removed and an Acer laptop and Nokia mobile phone stolen.

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta said: “We’re doing all we can to catch those responsible for burglary and we’re having good results but we need the public’s help to reduce the number of crimes in the city.

“Unlocked doors and windows are exactly what a burglar is looking for and leaves your home at serious risk. It is easy pickings, particularly at this time of year when Christmas presents are likely to be available.

“As well as keeping their homes locked and secured, I would also ask people to keep their eyes and ears open and report any suspicious activity to police.”

Cambridgeshire police have launched Operation Hunter to try and prevent burglaries - and also catch those responsible.

Residents are urged to:

*Always keep doors and windows closed and locked or in a ventilated but locked position, even when they are inside the house. Always check and lock doors with a key - never assume that just pushing up an internal handle will lock the door.

*Remove keys from window and door locks, but keep them in a familiar and safe place where all members of the family know where to find them in the event of an emergency.

*Never leave items such as keys, bags, presents and money on show through a window.

*Consider the position of key racks or shelves next to a door and ensure that they cannot be reached through the letter box.

*Use timer switches to turn on lights and radios when you are going to be away from your house at dusk.

*Consider the use of lights at the front and rear of your property that are activated when someone approaches.

*Consider the use of bolts and padlocks on side gates. Place the bolts at the top, middle and bottom of the gate, as just a top bolt might be easy to reach and open.

*A visible intruder alarm box can prove to be one of the biggest deterrents to an opportunist burglar, so consider installing a DIY or supplier installed system.

Anyone with information about the burglaries should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.