Bury St Edmunds residents warned to secure their homes after series of burglaries

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Residents in Bury St Edmunds are being warned to ensure they keep their homes secure after a number of ‘creeper-style’ burglaries since the beginning of the year.

Police say there were 11 burglaries of this kind between January 12 and March 14, predominantly in the residential estates to the north and west of the town centre.

They have all taken place during evenings or overnight, with entry being gained via insecure doors.

Typical items stolen include cash, wallets, handbags, laptops and games consoles.

Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, of Bury CID, said: “These are opportunist crimes where the offenders are targeting insecure properties and looking for things they can steal relatively quickly – for example handbags left in hallways, wallets on kitchen worktops, or laptops in living rooms.

“I would like to remind residents to ‘Close it, Lock it, Check it’ and ensure they keep all doors locked as a matter of routine, but especially during the evenings and overnight – don’t give burglars an easy way in. Windows should also be kept closed and secured if you are out, or at night.

“If you believe you have seen anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood then please call us with any descriptions or details that may assist our enquiries.”

The burglaries took place in Norman Road, Beard Road, McIntyre Walk, Clark Walk, Durham Close, Cornfield Road, Chalk Road North, Highbury Crescent, Rembrandt Way and Linton Gardens.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bury CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

If you believe a crime is in progress always dial 999.