Villagers to the north of Bury St Edmunds have been warned to be on their guard after 13 burglaries in five villages this year.
Police are appealing for communities to ‘See it, Hear it, Report it’ after a series of burglaries since January in and around the A143 corridor.
Three were in Barningham, the first of which was discovered on January 7 and the most recent on March 1. Four burglaries have occurred in Great Barton between January 31 and March 12.
Stanton has suffered four burglaries and there have been one each in Hopton and Coney Weston, all between February 7 and March 1.
All have involved doors or windows being forced open, or attempts to force them, and have usually been while the occupants were away. Items stolen include jewellery, cash, electrical items and power tools.
Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles in the vicinity of these villages to contact us. Intelligence from local communities is often crucial in helping us to identify suspects for these types of crime.
“The fact that many of these burglaries have taken place whilst the residents were away could indicate that the offenders have visited the area prior to the burglaries taking place.
“Don’t dismiss someone or something that looks out of place – if you believe it to be suspicious then contact police with descriptions of people or registration numbers of vehicles.
“If planning to go away for the night or on holiday, you are advised to let close neighbours know that the house will be unoccupied so they can keep an eye on it. Neighbours will then know if they see or hear anyone at your property that they should not be there.”
If you see a crime in progress, dial 999, but if you have seen suspicious activity in these villages, call Suffolk police on 101.