Rise in rural burglaries sparks police warning

A SURGE in the number of break-ins in sheds and outbuildings in rural areas has prompted police to plead with residents to secure their property.

Tools, trailers, number plates and even a caravan were taken in 14 separate incidents last Monday and Tuesday in the Mundford and Swaffham areas.

The spree has led Norfolk Police to urge residents and business owners to ensure their property is locked and secured with alarms and security lights.

Inspector Tim Peacock said: “We are currently working to identify and target offenders responsible for these crimes. Officers across the district are gathering intelligence and making inquiries.

“To assist investigations, it’s very important that members of the public contact us on 101 if they witness any suspicious activity, making a note of vehicle registration plates if possible.”

Insp Peacock cited chains, locks and security marking as deterrents to thieves.

“Security marking your property means police can reunite you with your stolen items if they are found, but also makes them less appealing to would-be thieves if they can see your house name and postcode clearly marked,” he said.

Police recommend the use of security screws, mortice locks, padlocks and weld mesh or crime shield products.

The burglaries, which included break-ins to garages, sheds and houses, took place in villages including Ickburgh, Mundford, Northwold and Hockwold.