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Thetford burglaries prompt home security warning

Police are urging residents in Thetford to double check doors are locked at night following a series of burglaries.

It follows a number of overnight creeper burglaries on the Abbey Estate where suspect(s) have targeted insecure homes, with 11 incidents reported since December12.

Suspect(s) have taken advantage of unlocked doors and open windows and householders are urged to get into the habit of checking doors and windows are secure before going to bed.

Norfolk Police say there have been 11 incidents reported on Thetford's Abbey Estate alone since December 12.
Norfolk Police say there have been 11 incidents reported on Thetford's Abbey Estate alone since December 12.

Homes have been targeted in Ely Way, Canterbury Way, Coventry Way,Winchester Way, Salisbury Way, Guildford Way and Durham Way as well as King Street and Fairfields.

Property stolen includes laptops, cash, alcohol, phones and iPads.

Detective Inspector Mick Roxby, from King’s Lynn CID, urged people living in the area to be vigilant. He said: "We know that opportunistic offenders will often try door handles until they find one which opens.

"By locking up, you make it much harder for criminals and taking simple crime prevention measures can dramatically reduce the chances of your home being targeted.

"We’re not asking people to barricade their homes but to simply lock doors and not give burglars an open invitation.”

Investigations are ongoing in all cases and officers are keen to hear from anyone living in the areas targeted who has private CCTV.

Other tips include:

  • Check doors and windows are locked before going to bed
  • Security mark property such as laptops, making them harder to be sold on
  • Call police if you witness anyone acting out of character
  • If you’re out, give the impression someone is home by using lights timers or leave a radio

Anyone with information about the recent incidents should contact Detective Constable Mark Tate Thetford CID on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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