Series of burglaries in mid-Suffolk area
Police are urging residents to keep garages and outbuildings secure, and to remain vigilant of suspicious activity, following a series of burglaries in the mid-Suffolk area.
There have been 12 incidents reported in the area over the last month, details of which are as follows:
- Poplar Hill, Stowmarket: At some point between 10pm on 27 and 11:45am on 28 July, offenders forced entry into a shed and stole a number of tools and power tools including a saw, chainsaw and hedge trimmer. 37/46049/19
- Takers Lane, Stowmarket: At some point over the 4 and 5 August, offenders gained entry into a shed and stole alcohol. 37/46807/19
- St Marys Road, Stowmarket: Between 11pm on 6 and 7am on 7 August, a shed was broken into. Power tool accessories were among the items stolen. 37/47200/19
- In the vicinity of Broad Road and Pound Hill, Bacton: At some point between 6pm on 7 and 10:45am on 8 August, suspects forced entry into a secured garage and stole a ride on lawnmover 37/47253/19
- Stricklands Road, Stowmarket: At approximately between 3pm and 6pm on 8 August, offenders gained entry to a shed and stole power tools. 37/47432/19
- Temple Road, Stowmarket: Some time between 6 and 8 August, a shed was broken into and a number of power tools stolen. 37/47469/19
- West View, Stowmarket: At some point between 8:30am on 5 and 6pm on 9 August, a garage was broken into and power tools were stolen. 37/47708/19
- Stricklands Road, Stowmarket: On 16 August, offenders forced entry into a garden shed by removing the roof. Nothing is believed to have been stolen. 37/49288/19
- Coddenham Road, Creeting St Mary: At some point between 9pm on 17 and 6am on 18 August, offenders gained access to outbuildings in these rural grounds and stole various items, including a ride on mower and cement mixer. 37/49584/19.
- Rural property near Chediston: At some point between 9pm on 21 and 7am on 22 August, a ride on lawn mower was stolen after offenders forced access into an outbuilding. 37/50665/19
- Takers Lane, Stowmarket: At some point between 4pm on 22 August and 9:30am on 23 August, suspects accessed a garage and conducted a search but nothing is believed to have been taken. 37/50800/19
- All Saints Road, Creeting St Mary: At some point between 7pm on 23 and 8am on 24 August, offenders gained access to a shed and stole a number of items including fishing tackle, bicycles and power tools. 37/51000/19
Officers are currently keeping an open mind regarding whether these incidents are linked and enquiries are ongoing.
As a number of the incidents in this series involve rural properties being entered by force rather than because of insecurities, police are urging members of the public to consider installing crime prevention measures such as CCTV, security lighting and doorbell cameras as a way to help make their properties more secure.
Inspector Shawn Wakeling said: "We are working with the rural crime team to increase patrols in remote areas and are attending local events, where possible, to speak with farmers and residents and offer advice on how to protect their properties. Our officers will be at Battisford Village Hall on Saturday 7 September from 9am to 1pm and we encourage local residents to attend if they have any concerns. We will also look to engage with other residential areas that are affected.
"We gather forensic evidence at every crime scene, but the vital key to catching these criminals could be provided by a member of the public calling us with information about something they have seen and believe to be suspicious. This could be during the hour of darkness.
"We therefore appeal for local communities to be on the look-out for any suspicious behaviour in their villages and neighbourhoods and not to disregard persons or vehicles that appear unusual or out of place. This could include a suspicious vehicle outside your neighbour’s house or hearing the sound of glass smashing nearby.
"Note down the car registration number or description of any suspicious persons you may have seen and report it to us if you believe it to be unusual. These criminals may present themselves as genuine callers, so if their behaviour seems suspicious then let us know.”
For further home security advice, visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/home-safety
Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents, saw any suspicious activity or has knowledge of any of the incidents should contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting the relevant crime reference number.
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Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999