Jewellery burglary – Aylesbury Vale
Wednesday 06 February 2013, 4:49pm
Thames Valley Police is urging residents to secure their homes following a series of burglaries across Aylesbury Vale since November last year.
Two burglaries took place on Tuesday, 15 January in the Pitstone and Stewkely villages. On the same day there were a further four burglaries across Aylesbury Vale.
The burglaries took place between 8am and 11pm. The houses were unoccupied at the time. The offenders gained entry by forcing open a rear or side window with a metal tool.
Gold jewellery and small electrical items were among the items stolen.
Det Insp Russ Murden from Aylesbury police station said: “We are urging residents to secure their homes particularly when left unoccupied in the daytime. We have seen a small rise in jewellery burglaries in rural areas since November. This makes up 35% (8/23) of Aylesbury Vale burglaries during this time.
“This series of burglaries shows that the local community should remain vigilant. If you see activity in your neighbourhood such as an unusual car or a visitor please let us know, however, trivial it may seem to you. Please get in touch using the non-emergency number 101.
“We ask people to make sure that they take precautions to protect their homes, to follow the crime prevention advice for jewellery burglary, particularly when they leave their homes unoccupied during the day.”
Police advice to protect your jewellery from being stolen:
- Ensure your home looks occupied when you are out – use a timer switch to set a radio and/or lamp to come on. As with other valuables, ensure that jewellery is not left on display
- Ensure that your home has good window and door security and use it. Double lock uPVC doors using the keys as well as lifting the handle, even if just going out briefly
- Store your valuable jewellery in an approved safe. Check with your insurance company before purchasing a safe that it meets their criteria. Also, ensure that it is www.securedbydesign.com approved.
- If you have an alarm ensure that you always activate it at night and when you leave the property
- Photograph your jewellery. By doing the police will have a clear description of the items if they are stolen
- Use forensic marking to identify your jewellery. Further information can be found at www.securedbydesign.com
- Ensure that all of your jewellery is adequately covered by your insurance
Anyone with any information about these jewellery burglaries should contact Det Insp Russ Murden in Aylesbury police station using the Police Enquiry Line 101.
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Personal details are not taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
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