Police in Burton have issued warnings to local residents to protect their property from burglars after a recent series of break-ins in which homes, garages and sheds have been attacked, the Burton Mail reports.
Burglaries were registered in Burton, Stapenhill and Stretton, with thieves managing to steal bikes, electrical devices and tools. A burglar with a crowbar also targeted the Riverside Hotel in Branston, but fled the scene after he was caught by the hotel manager.
According to Sergeant Gary Sargent from the local force, the police are currently investigating but people should be informed about steps they can take to protect their possessions. He reminds residents to lock their doors and windows but also to make sure garden gates and sheds are secured. The house should be secured, even if there are people in, as burglars can try to break in while homeowners are watching TV.
If a car has to be parked on the driveway, it also needs to be locked, with the keys kept in a safe place. It is not wise to keep the car keys by the front door, Sargent tells the Burton Mail. At The Little Safe Company, we would recommend Key Storage Cabinets. Bicycles should be kept in a shed or a garage, too.
Local officers can also provide advice and assistance to residents, who are encouraged to call the police if they notice anything suspicious.