Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Those Summer Crime Blues

Sutton detectives are urging householders in and around the borough to remember to close any doors and windows that they have opened during warm weather following a number of burglaries in the area. 

Police believe thieves are particularly looking to take advantage of insecure homes as residents try and cool down.

Overnight on Friday 9th July, £5,500 cash and jewellery was stolen from a terraced property in Constance Road, Sutton, after a bedroom window had been left open. The householder believes the suspect may have posed as a window cleaner and used a ladder to reach the windows because the windows were wet when they returned home.

On Saturday 10th July, a thief put his arm through the top window of a lounge to open the larger window immediately below at a property in Woodstock Road, Carshalton. The haul included two laptops, a sewing machine in a red vinyl case, artists’ equipment and a box of china ornaments.

On Saturday afternoon in Wallington, a thief gained entry through an unlocked kitchen windowa and stole jewellery. A neighbour, who had seen a man earlier enter their shared gate asking whether the householders had lost their electricity power, described the intruder as a white man, aged 30, 5ft 8in tall wearing a white T-shirt with a pattern. He had short fair hair and was clean shaven.

Overnight on Saturday to Sunday (11th July) a couple left their ground floor living room window open when they went to bed. A variety of items were stolen including a laptop, mobile phone, MP3 player, watch, wallet and credit cards.

Sutton Police have issued the following sumertime safety tips:

o       When you go out, always lock the door and close the windows -
          even if you are just going out for a short time. Don’t forget to close and
          lock your windows or doors especially if you are just nipping upstairs or
          going into the garden

o       Window locks, especially on older windows, will help stop people getting
          in (and remember, a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to
          smash a window)

o       Ladders should be padlocked to a wall

o       Use timers for lights and radios if you need to be away from home
          overnight. They will create the impression that someone is in

o       Visible burglar alarms, good lighting and carefully directed and limited
          security lighting can act as deterrents

o       Never leave a garden shed or a garage door unlocked, especially if it has
          a connecting door to the house, which should be treated as an exterior
          door in terms of security.