Police are urging residents in Babergh to improve home security measures after finding insecure houses and sheds in a two-day crime reduction initiative.

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Officers, accompanied by Badsey the Wolf, visited nearly 100 homes in Lavenham on January 28 and Long Melford on Wednesday.

Badsey is a character used by Suffolk Police to highlight insecurities by going out into the community with officers and checking vehicles and properties.

In Lavenham 40 properties were visited and officers found keys to a property left in an insecure utility room, fishing equipment left in an insecure shed, keys clearly visible in the inside lock of a back door and additional insecure sheds and vehicles.

In Long Melford officers visited 52 properties, finding windows open at houses with no one at home and insecure garden gates leading to concealed gardens and outbuildings.

A total of 14 vehicles were also checked. They were found to be secure.

Residents were spoken to by officers wherever possible and advice and security packs containing literature on home security, immobilise and police direct were given out.

Where a resident was not at home and an insecure building was found a note was left behind. Inspector Paul Crick, of Suffolk Constabulary, said: “The aim of this initiative is to try and prevent crime and by taking simple steps residents can vastly reduce their chances of becoming a victim.

“We will continue to do all we can to encourage people to increase the safety of their property and feel that going out and about with Badsey is an innovative way to highlight the ease at which insecurities can be found and exploited by thieves.

“We will continue to do initiatives such as this in order to drive the messages around property and vehicle security home.”

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