|Thames Valley Police is urging residents to ensure their homes are secure and to be vigilant following a recent linked burglary series in Milton Keynes.
Since Monday 27 March there have been 13 linked residential burglaries across north and south Milton Keynes which officers have linked – via similar methods of entry through an unlocked back door, and offences being committed at night after 11pm.
Patrols have been stepped up in the affected areas, which include Loughton, Bletchley, Shenley Church End, Two Mile Ash, Walton Park, Oakgrove, Monkston, Oxley Park and Woolston areas of Milton Keynes. Officers are also dropping crime prevention advice leaflets in the affected streets.
Inspector Michael Morland, based in Neighbourhood Policing at Bletchley station, is urging residents to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious they see in their neighbourhoods.
He said: “Burglaries often increase during the spring and summer months, when burglars take advantage of people leaving doors and windows open during the warmer weather.
“All of the 13 homes on this occasion have been entered through unlocked doors at night. Taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, and putting valuables out of view, can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.
“My neighborhood police officers will provide guidance and support to residents who want further advice on burglary reduction. Do get in touch and ask for a free home security assessment which will provide recommendations and advice on security.”
The following crime prevention advice can help keep you home secure:
Help keep your home secure by following the crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website or, alternatively, call the non-emergency 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
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|Alastair Jarratt (Police, Neighbourhood Police Constable, Bletchley, Milton Keynes)|