There has been a rise in burglaries in Bridlington with four incidents were offenders entered through open windows and doors – offences that are potentially avoidable.
Police are therefore urging the public to ensure they make it hard for thieves by keeping their homes secure to ensure they don’t give burglars an easy target.
Between Sunday 1 May and Sunday 22 May there were eight burglaries in the Bridlington area.
The details are as follows:
1. CRN 2186413: Between 8pm on 07/05/16 and 12.30pm on 08/05/16 – Pembroke Terrace, Bridlington – offender(s) entered the property and stole a television, Playstation and money.
2. CRN 2186633: Between 1pm and 4pm on 08/05/16 – Marshall Avenue, Bridlington – The offender(s) forced open the front door before stealing a highchair, pram, Moses basket and baby clothes.
3. CRN 2187141: Between 10pm on 10/05/16 and 8am on 11/05/16 – Thoresby Avenue, Bridlington – Insecure burglary and money was stolen.
4. CRN 2187536: Between Midnight on 12/04/16 and 7pm on 13/05/16 – Tennyson Avenue, Bridlington – The offender managed to enter the property before conducting an untidy search and stealing a HiFi system.
5. CRN 2187622: Between 10.30pm on 13/05/16 and 12 noon on 14/05/16 – Greenways Close, Bridlington – Smashed patio back door but nothing was stolen
6. CRN 2188154: Between 5pm on 15/05/16 and 11am on 16/05/16 – St. Annes Road, Bridlington – Insecure burglary through front door were money and tobacco was stolen.
7. CRN 2183701: Between 5pm on 17/05/16 and 11.30pm on 25/04/16 – Meadow Road, Bridlington – offender(s) entered the property and stole house hold electricals (microwave/vacuum cleaner) and a television.
8. CRN 2189102: Between 2pm on 20/05/16 and 2.36pm on 21/05/16 – Byass Avenue, Bridlington – Offender(s) forced entry into the house before stealing items.
Detective Inspector Grant Taylor said: “Nationally it is believed that around a third of all burglaries are as a result of burglars entering though open windows or unlocked doors. This is something I would like to see reduce and would encourage everyone to take 30 seconds when they leave their homes to ensure it is secured before going out or take the time to ensure windows and doors are locked in unoccupied rooms when you come home.”
DI Taylor added “The force are well aware the impact that burglary can have on people’s lives and therefore as we have increased patrols in burglary hotspots, carry out crime reduction projects and work with partners to address re-offending by prolific offenders. However, we still need the public’s help in keeping homes secure and acting as our eyes and ears on the community.
“I would urge the public to call 999 if they witness a crime in progress as this maximises our chances of making an arrest and recovering stolen property. However we would also like the public call 101 if they have information about people burgling in their neighbourhood or handling stolen goods. Alternatively people can report information about burglary anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Our top five tips to prevent burglary are:
1. Make sure your doors and windows are closed and locked when you’re not in the room. Nearly half of all burglaries are down to someone leaving a door or window open.
2. Make sure nothing of value is left on show to tempt thieves into breaking into your property.
3. Take your keys up to bed with you at night.
4. Think about fitting a burglar alarm and security lighting – both to your home and outbuildings. It may be expensive, but they are very effective deterrents and can bring down your insurance costs.
5. Take 5 minutes to set up a www.immobilise.com account and register all you property on-line, as this can support police in recovering stolen goods, returning them to victims and bringing offenders to justice.