Bardwell: Police offer crime prevention advice following series of burglaries

POLICE have urged people to be vigilant following a series of burglaries in a west Suffolk village.

A number of items were stolen from cars, garages and outbuildings in Low Street:

•A dark green Hayter petrol lawnmower from a garage

•A sat nav, gloves and purse containing cards and cash from a secured parked car

•A petrol chainsaw from an insecure garage. Offender/s then forced entry to an office and stole a MacBook Pro

• Offender/s forced entry to a shed at a property in Church Street and stole power tools. A sat nav and a wallet containing cards and cash were then taken from an insecure van left outside the address

•A quantity of power tools from a garage that was broken into in Quaker Lane

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•Another incident occurred some time between May 2 and May 15 when offender/s gained access to an insecure domestic garage in Low Street and stole a can of fuel. Other items were not touched

Sergeant Kevin Jay, from the Bury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said: “Officers are currently conducting thorough enquiries into all of these crimes.

“We are urging everyone to keep an eye out for suspicious activity including vehicles unfamiliar to the area and to report any such incidents to us, with as much detail as possible, on 101.

“We are also urging residents to ensure all of their property is locked away and as secure as possible.”

In many of these incidents, property had been left insecure and police are reminding residents that taking some crime prevention steps can help to keep items safer, such as secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside and fit a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves.