Time for crime crackdown

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STOWMARKET safer neigh-bourhood team are cracking down on crime via a street meet with residents after a spate of break-ins.

Police are holding the meeting tomorrow to offer advice to residents on how to secure their homes and keep themselves, and their families, safe from crime.

Pc Stefan Henriksen and Police Community Support Officer Rachel Worobec, who have recently taken over the area, will meet people in Hill Rise following a spate of burglaries in the area last month.

PCSO Worobec said: “After a number of burglaries in Combs Ford, we want to ensure that residents remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

“Many incidents of burglary that we attend could have been prevented if a few simple precautions were taken and property had been left secure.

“Police street meets like this are an excellent way to get to know the community and offer useful crime prevention advice face-to-face.”

Four houses in Poplar Hill and Hill Rise were targeted on the night of January 14.

Burglars gained entry to one property in Poplar Hill through an insecure door and stole two mobile phones, cash and a camera.

One house in Hill Rise had tobacco stolen after offenders got in through an insecure door.

Offenders tried to break-in to another Hill Rise property through a locked back door but the noise disturbed the occupant.

A man was disturbed inside another house in the same road. When challenged, he ran out of the back door.

He was described as white, about 22 years old, 5ft 9ins tall of slim build with short, dark hair and a pale complexion. He was wearing a black jumper, black jeans and black trainers.

Police have reminded residents to keep doors secure with locks and door chains, fit visible window locks, fit burglar alarms and use timer switches to turn on lights and radios in an empty property.