Burglars grab chicken and a laptop in residential raid

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A SPATE of residential burglaries – including the theft of a frozen chicken – has prompted a police warning for householders to step up their security.

Officers are urging residents to remain vigilant and check their home security after three houses were burgled within three days.

The first was on Friday between 9.30pm and 9.50pm, when offenders gained entry via an insecure window to a house in North Tenth Street, Central Milton Keynes. Once inside they stole a white Dell Inspiration laptop, serial number 000001991869858.

On Monday, between 3pm and 6pm, offenders entered a house in Oldbrook’s Rhodes Place via an insecure back door at the rear. After an untidy search they stole a black Acer laptop, a black Toshiba Camileo X400, a set of flower shaped gold earrings, a gold link necklace, £250 and some frozen chicken.

The same evening they struck in Reeve Croft, Hodge Lea, climbing through a window and stealing a door key from inside.

Detective Constable Wendy Cissell said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the areas around the times of the offences.

“Perhaps you were another victim and you haven’t reported this to the police? If so, we need to hear from you.

“I would like to remind residents to be conscious of their home security. The majority of burglaries can be prevented by following some basic crime prevention tips.”

DC Cissell advised people to take note of the following tips:

> Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe

> If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar

> When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing

> Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors

> Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home

> Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help

> Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap

> Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key

DC Cissell also advised people to make their home look occupied at all times, especially when on holiday:

> If you’re out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you

>A sk a neighbour if they don’t mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied

> Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind

> Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries

> Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc

> Register for the Royal Mail ‘Keepsafe’ service (opens new window)

> Leave important documents and valuable personal items with other family members or a bank

> Double-check that you’ve locked all outside windows and doors

> Set your burglar alarm

Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact DC Cissell via the non-emergency single number 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 crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.