Police say warnings to residents to lock doors and windows are not being heeded after three further burglaries in Bury St Edmunds and Westley.
Detective Inspector Nick Power, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said many of the recent burglaries including thieves gaining access through an open door and window ‘could have been avoided had simple precuations been taken’.
Between 11.45pm on Wednesday July 30 and 6am yesterday (Thursday July 31) at a house in Hawthorn Close, Bury, the offender reached in through an open downstairs window and stole a Ted Baker handbag from inside while the victim was asleep on the sofa.
Later that same morning on Thursday July 31, between 10.40am and 11.20am, at an address in Clark Walk, Bury, the victim had left the back doors open while upstairs and a purse was stolen from a handbag in the hallway.
In addition to these crimes officers have received a report of a burglary in Westley on the same night as two other incidents in the village. Between 1am and 7am on Wednesday July 30, a window of a house, in Old Church Lane, was forced open and a purse and wallet were stolen from inside.
Renewing warnings to members of the public, Detective Inspector Power said: “Our officers are working tirelessly to catch those responsible for these crimes, but we need residents to help us reduce their chances of becoming a victim by remaining vigilant.
“Unfortunately properties are being targeted when people are either asleep in the same room at night or carrying-out tasks in other parts of the house during the daytime.
“Whilst we do live in a generally low-crime area and we want residents to remain feeling safe in their own homes, there is perhaps a feeling of ‘it won’t happen to me’ and many of these burglaries could have been avoided had simple precautions been taken.
“I again urge residents to always ensure that they have locked and secured windows at night and to routinely keep doors locked at all times, even if at home and especially if in other parts of the house.”
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the Bury St Edmunds Priority Crime Team on 101 quoting reference BU/14/1822, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.