Warning after more than 70 metal thefts

THIEVES targeting scrap metal, batteries, pipes and plumbing have struck more than 70 times in less than two months, Suffolk police have said.

THIEVES targeting scrap metal, batteries, pipes and plumbing have struck more than 70 times in less than two months, Suffolk police have said.

Police are warning businesses and residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police following the spate of thefts.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “In December there were at least 30 instances of theft of items such as scrap metal, cabling, lead from roofs, car batteries and components and pipes and plumbing supplies.

So far this month there have been at least 46 reported thefts across Suffolk.

“The value of metal has continued to increase, and people should be vigilant in protecting their property and that of their neighbours.

“Owners of properties vulnerable to metal theft are urged to make their buildings and sites as secure as possible to keep criminals out.

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“Where possible it is advised to use security lighting to deter thieves, and CCTV can also deter as well as capturing images of offenders and their vehicles. All gates and entrances to premises should be properly secured.

“Valuable property can be marked and photos taken, to identify it if it's recovered. Industrial Watches are in place in many areas, contact your Community Watch Liaison Officer on 01473 613500 for further details.”

In some cases several thousand pounds worth of metal in various forms has been stolen from premises.

These thefts must have taken a considerable amount of time to remove and a vehicle to transport.

Police are asking people to report any sightings of anyone acting suspiciously near building sites or any property with lead roofing. Also if someone is cold calling looking for scrap metal this should also be reported.

Anyone with any information about metal theft should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.