Warning following two linked burglaries - Soulbury
Thames Valley Police is urging residents to ensure their homes are secure and to be vigilant following a recent linked burglary series in Soulbury on Tuesday (17/10) and Wednesday (18/10).
Between 10:15am and midday on Tuesday, offender(s) used a brick to smash a back patio door of a property on Stewkley Road. They searched the property and stole jewellery from the bedrooms.
At around 11am a dark coloured pick-up vehicle, possibly a Nissan Navara, driving at speed on the main road, was seen in the area at the time. The reference number for this crime is 43170308397
Between 6am on Tuesday and 12:20am on Wednesday, on Dean Farm Lane, offenders gained entry to a property by smashing a patio door. Nothing appeared to have been taken – reference number 43170309142.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Bruce Wilson, from Aylesbury police station, said: “Burglaries often increase during the winter months, when burglars take advantage of the darker longer nights.
“If anyone has any information or may have witnessed the offence, please call the 24 hour non-emergency number 101 quoting the relevant reference number.
If you don’t want to talk to the police, or give your details, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or report it online.
You can greatly reduce your risk of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to help make you property less attractive to thieves:
• Invest in a timer light switch and vary the time it comes on each day to make it look more natural. I can also be used with a radio or TV to give the impression that someone’s home
• Perhaps purchase a fake/simulated TV device which lights up a room like a real TV
• Keep valuables out of sight and mark them with your house number and postcode using a UV pen, or consider buying a forensic property marking system
• Register your valuables via immobilse.com and keep an inventory list. It’s free and takes just a few minutes
• If you have jewellery at home, photograph it for insurance purpose and consider storing it in a suitable safe
• Lock your doors and windows, if you have a UPVC door make sure you have double locked it by lifting the handle and locking it with the key. Make sure the key is removed from the lock and out of reach
• If you’re going away, remember not to post details of your holiday on social networking sites, cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries and if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set before you leave
• Look out for your neighbours’ houses, especially when they’re not at home and call the police if you see anything suspicious on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
More advice and information on protecting your property and reducing your risk of becoming a victim of crime can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.