Appeal to secure properties after recent Lowestoft burglaries
Police are reminding residents to stay vigilant to home security after two residential burglaries and a theft from motor vehicle in recent days.
Many burglaries take place due to a lack of security with insecure windows and doors being deemed as two of the main ways in which opportunist thieves gained access to homes and vehicles.
One incident took place at a property on Sycamore Avenue in Lowestoft at some point between 11.30pm on Thursday 15 August and Friday 16 August at 12.30am. Access was gained via an unlocked front door. The victim in the morning found various items missing including mobile phones and money stolen. (crime ref: 37/49063/19)
Meanwhile, at a property on Hollow Grove Way today (Friday 16 August) at approximately 2.30am offender(s) gained entry to residential dwelling via insecure front door and stole a laptop, mobile phone, handbag and wallet. (crime ref: 37/49077/19)
Elsewhere, on Tuesday 13 August at 8pm and Wednesday 14 August at 8am on Cotswold Way in Lowestoft an unknown suspect gained entry to insecure and unattended red Honda Jazz vehicle and stolen a Sat Nav. (37/49075/19)
Suffolk police offers the following advice to residents:
• Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
• Keep front doors/windows closed and locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden
• Keep your valuables such jewellery, cash, passport secure and hidden
• Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
• Do not leave anything on display in your car, thieves can sometimes mistake them for valuables and the damage they can do to the car to get in can be costly
For more home and vehicle security advice including technological devices available (such as alarms and motion sensor video doorbells) accredited by ‘Secured by Design’ do visit https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
In relation to the above and anyone with information they should contact Lowestoft CID quoting the respective crime reference.
Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Phone – call 101
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999