PEOPLE who own expensive or sentimental items of jewellery are being urged to keep them safe after almost £45,000 worth of jewellery was stolen during a string of burglaries in Mid Suffolk and Babergh.
Five houses were targeted during the raids, including properties in Stowmarket and Crowfield.
Offenders gained entry to houses by forcing doors and windows during the daytime, and since the end of April almost £45,000 worth of jewellery has been taken.
Suffolk Police are now urging residents to keep their homes and possessions safe by using alarms, security lighting and CCTV.
Police are also reminding people to keep gates locked.
Verity Line, Babergh crime reduction officer, advised people to keep doors and windows locked and to keep expensive items in a secure place, such as a safe.
“Don’t keep items in the top drawer of a chest of drawers or in the back of the wardrobe, this is generally the first place offenders will look,” she said.
She also suggested property marking, such as SmartWater, so that items can be traced back to the owner. If this is used, stickers can be placed on windows to advertise the fact and hopefully deter burglars.
It can also help to take photographs of items. Pictures can then be circulated to jewellers and dealers if anything is taken.
For further advice, contact your local crime reduction officer on 01473 613500.
Anyone with any information about the raids mentioned should contact West Suffolk CID on 01284 774100.