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Items stolen and £2,500 damage caused during Alvechurch burglary
11:50am Wednesday 17th October 2012 in Local
POLICE are appealing for information about a burglary in Alvechurch in which money, jewellery and cameras were stolen, and £2,500 damage caused
It happened in Grange Lane between 10.30am and 12.40pm on Friday, October 12.
A window was smashed, causing £500 damage, and £2,000 damage had also been caused to doors.
Jewellery, several cameras and a quantity of cash was stolen, but full details are still awaited.
House-to-house inquiries have been carried out in the area.
Police are looking into whether the burglary may be linked to a series of break-ins in rural areas of North Worcestershire, including Rowney Green and Barnt Green, in the last few weeks.
Detective Constable Adam Pugh said: "The rural locations of the burglaries suggest the offenders are using a vehicle, and they are taking small items which are easily removed.
"We are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Alvechurch area on Friday morning, including details of any vehicles the offenders may have been using. Even if information seems insignificant, we urge people to pass it on."
Last month West Mercia Police launched Citadel, a new initiative aimed at driving down the number of burglaries committed in the force area. Burglary of people's homes and catching offenders is a high priority for the force.
Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves who are looking for the easiest way of getting into a house without being seen or disturbed, so householders are being reminded of the importance of keeping doors and windows locked.
Other advice includes ensuring lights come on at dusk, keeping hedges trimmed so homes can be easily seen from the road, securing side gates to prevent rear access, and securely storing garden tools which could be used to force entry.
For more details, see westmercia.police.uk,
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Det Con Pugh on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 289-s-121012 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.