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Police issue warning after spate of burglaries
9:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
HOUSEHOLDERS are being warned to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries including ones in Redditch and Bromsgrove.
At a property In Polesworth Close, Redditch, between 9.30pm on Thursday, October 10, and 8.30am on Friday, October 11, a back door was forced and a silver Vauxhall Astra was taken.
It was later found abandoned in Chaddesley Close, Redditch.
In Hoveton Close, Redditch, between 8.30pm on Friday, October 11, and 9.35am on Saturday, October 12, a burgundy Citroen C4 coupe worth £2,700 was taken.
The offenders had got into the property through the front door, stealing the vehicle keys.
A black Mercedes, worth £67,000, was taken from Stable Way, Stoke Heath, between 4pm on Saturday, October 12, and 4.30am on Sunday, October 13, after access was gained to the house through the kitchen window.
Neither the Citroen nor the Mercedes have yet been recovered.
There was also an attempted burglary in Cornfield Avenue, Stoke Heath, between 3.30pm on Thursday, October 10, and 9.30pm on Sunday, October 13, when offenders snapped a lock and got into the conservatory, but were unable to gain access into rest of the house.
In another incident, in Evesham Road, Redditch, the rear doors of a house were jemmied and £200 cash stolen between 8pm on Saturday, October 12, and 7.30pm on Sunday, October 13.
Police are looking into whether any of the incidents are linked.
Detective Inspector John Cashion said: “We are seeing a spate of burglaries, including car key burglaries, in which offenders are getting in through doors which householders think are secure, but are actually not.
“These are typically newer UPVC doors.
“The householders lift the handle on the inside and think the door is locked, but it can actually be easily opened from the outside by levering it with a crowbar or screwdriver, and is only properly locked and secure if the key has been used.”
Crime prevention information is available on West Mercia Police’s website, westmercia.police.uk.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on non-emergency number 101, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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