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Burglaries – West Oxfordshire

Wednesday 07 November 2012, 12:20pm

Thames Valley Police is appealing to outdoor workers and the general public for information following a series of burglaries across rural West Oxfordshire since early September.

The burglaries have taken place in daylight hours in villages and isolated dwellings in rural West Oxfordshire.

The offenders gain entry to dwellings by forcing open a rear or side window or patio door using a metal tool.

Gold jewellery, silverware and cash are among the items stolen.

Det Sgt Dick White from Witney police station said: “Although West Oxfordshire is a low crime area, this series of burglaries shows that the local community should remain vigilant. We ask people to make sure that they take precautions to protect their homes.

“We are taking these burglaries very seriously indeed. We are asking outdoor workers such as postmen, council workers and health visitors working in their regular rounds in villages and rural areas to report any new, irregular or strange behaviour, or if you notice a vehicle parked in a strange place to report it to us no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

Burglaries have occurred in Filkins, Broadwell, Kingham, Great Rollright, Burford, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Charlbury, Kingham Hill, Bladon, Eynsham, Middle Barton, Woodstock, High Cogges and Witney.

Police are advising residents to follow this advice:

  • Lock your doors and windows. If you have a uPVC door make sure you have used the double lock.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting and a visible alarm to help deter burglars.
  • Place pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky hedges under windows can help
  • Register for the Royal Mail 'Keepsafe' service (opens new window).
  • Place valuables in a safe place
  • Register your valuables on www.immobilise.com. It is free and takes just a few minutes. If your valuables are stolen it assists  the police, your insurer, and the second-hand trade in recovering your property and to catch the thief
  • Complete the home security checklist by visiting: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/burglary-checklist-A5
  • Sign up for Thames Valley Police crime alerts at www.thamesvalleyalerts.co.uk

You can contact the police with information by getting in touch through the police 24-hour non-emergency number 101 and ask for information to be passed to Det Insp Dick White  If you see a crime in progress dial 999.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

ENDS/ALR

Press Bureau
(01865) 846699

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