Why should victims suffer?

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I REFER to the article (Bury Free Press, July 20) about opportunist thieves in Bury St Edmunds.

Two weeks ago, we were also targeted by these criminals and, after telling our friends about it, we have discovered that it is not just Bury’s homes that have been burgled, but those in many surrounding villages, too. Please warn your readers that it seems to be becoming quite a regular event.

We were annoyed to read the crime intervention officer’s comment that we openly invite this crime by leaving doors and windows open and unlocked.

I am sure Mr Plume is aware that most opportunist crimes occur when the homeowners are awake and living normally, ie wishing to have some air in the house or going in and out of an external door, to the garden for example.

In our case, we were watching evening television in the room next to the one targeted and the intruder was so silent even our dog did not stir.

Is Mr Plume seriously suggesting we lock our doors and windows all the time and behind us when we go to the dustbin?

We would agree that it would be irresponsible to go to bed with an unsecured house, but why should victims of crime be the ones who have to be locked in 24 hours a day?

Although our faith in the judicial system is non-existent these days, the police officers who visited us were sympathetic, thorough and professional and we are grateful for that.

Ron and Mary Stamp,