Burglary warning issued following snow

By Gary Smee Thursday 31 January 2013 Updated: 01/02 15:15

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HOMEOWNERS are being warned to stay alert with burglars likely to become more active following the recent snow.

Officers from West Mercia Police have said the freezing weather in recent weeks seemed to have kept burglars at home with just two reported incidents in the whole of south Worcestershire in the middle of January.

But five burglaries have now taken place in the area since last Friday (January 25) after the snow melted leading to a warning from police.

Detective Inspector Richard Rees, who leads the team which tackles burglaries in south Worcestershire, said they were preparing for a rise in crimes and were on standby to do all they can to stop it.

"It seems that burglars like to relax at Christmas too, because traditionally there is a drop in the number of crimes committed over the festive season," he said.

"However, there is also usually a rise in the number of burglaries in January as, just like the rest of, they get back to work.

"With the harsh weather we've had this month, it looks like many burglars have chosen to stay in doors and it has been pleasing to see so few crimes take place.

"Five break-ins over one weekend in Worcester, Wychavon and Malvern Hills is still not a high number, but it is a sign activity is rising again. I am concerned burglars may try and make up for lost time in the coming weeks, so my team and I are prepared to do what we can to stop that happening.

"I would also like to ask local residents to make sure they are taking all the steps they can to protect their homes. In particular we would like people to make sure their property looks lived in, whether they are away on holiday or just popped to the shops for half an hour."

Tips include:

-Leave a light on to make it look like someone is at home.

-Invest in timer switches to turn lights and radios on while they are out.

-Plenty of outside lighting will also deter burglars as well as gates to the rear of properties being secured.

-Property mark valuables and make the details viewable to the police by registering them at www.immobilise.com. It is free to register belongings and should the worst happen, it will improve the chances of getting them back if they are lost or stolen.

For more home security advice log onto www.westmercia.police.uk.

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