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LOCK IT or LOSE IT – homes targetted it Barrow

Posted by StreetSafe on May 20, 2010

Barrow police have launched an investigation after three elderly women became victims of insecure burglaries in the last three weeks.
The three local victims, aged 90, 87 and 66 have been left shaken by the burglaries that saw offender(s) make off with gold jewellery, a pearl necklace, bank account details, bank cards and ornaments – all while the occupants were inside.
The first burglary occurred at a house on Barnard Street on 28 April 2010 where the offender(s) entered the property via the insecure front door while the occupant was inside. The second burglary occurred on Roose Road, Barrow via insecure window on 2 May 2010. The last occurred at a house on Bridgegate Avenue sometime between the 14th and 17th May via an insecure rear door.
DC Sarah McArthur, the investigating officer, said: “An investigation has been launched and we are treating the three burglaries as linked at this stage due to the similarities in location and the fact that elderly victims were targeted.

“Targeting the elderly – some of the most vulnerable members of our community – is disgraceful and now we need the help of the local community to trace the offender(s) and bring them to justice.

“Did you see anything suspicious around the time the offences took place? Even the smallest piece of information could help to lead us to the offenders so I’d appeal to anyone who thinks they can help to get in touch.

“These burglaries demonstrate how important it is to secure your doors and windows and look out for your neighbours. We will be increasing patrols in the area and contacting local neighbours to offer reassurance and advice. Anyone who would like more information about home security can contact their local policing team on 0845 33 00 247.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Sarah McArthur at Barrow CID on 0845 33 00 247 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The incidents occurred during Cumbria Constabulary’s six week long crime prevention campaign designed to raise awareness of burglary and the steps people need to take to protect their homes and possessions from thieves.

The following tips can help ensure your home is secure:

– Fit burglar alarms & good outside security lighting, check regularly to ensure they work
– Lock doors & windows before you go out
– Remove keys from locks & keep out of reach of windows & doors
– Ensure your house is secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden
– Ensure side gates & sheds are locked
– Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
– Postcode your valuables with a UV pen
– Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night
– Look out for your neighbour’s property
– Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
– Cancel newspapers, milk etc when you go on holiday
– Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID

For more information on home security, visit http://www.cumbria.police.uk or contact a member of your local policing team on 0845 33 00 247 .

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