Residents urged to lock doors and windows following spate of burglaries in Stockton (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Residents urged to lock doors and windows following spate of burglaries in Stockton
2:26pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
HOUSEHOLDERS are being reminded residents to lock up their doors and windows following an increase in insecure burglaries.
Throughout August in Stockton there were sixteen insecure burglaries, thirteen of which involved a door being left open and three involved a window being left open, which is 43 per cent of all burglaries within the area.
According to Cleveland Police, the offences have predominantly taken place overnight and in the early hours of the morning, however, two of the incidents have taken place in the afternoon whilst residents were actually in the property.
Items which have been taken include wallets, purses, phones, laptops, car keys and handbags.
Inspector Andy Fox from Stockton Police said: “It is important that householders do all they can to help themselves by locking their doors and windows so that they do not become a victim of crime.
“In the recent warm weather, when people are in and out of their homes and gardens, it is important that people remember to secure their homes. Not doing so provides the perfect chance for these opportunist crimes to take place.”
Crime prevention advice from the force at www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/Crime-Reduction.aspx Anyone who may have information regarding the incidents can also contact Stockton police on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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