Pensioner, 86, burgled as she sleeps

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AN 86-year-old woman was burgled on Friday while she slept.

At 9.45pm, the woman was in bed upstairs in her house in Pinewood Drive when she heard a banging sound.

The victim then heard a sound from the landing and turned on the light. She raised the alarm by contacting her neighbour, as she believed that someone was inside of her house and neighbours came round to find damage to the rear kitchen window and evidence of an unauthorised entry and a search.

Wendy Cissell, of Local CID Milton Keynes, said: “I would like to appeal to anyone who may have seen someone in the area acting suspiciously around the time of the incident, to contact police.

“At this stage it is unclear if any property was stolen.”

Any witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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.

Police are reminding residents to be conscious of their home security. The majority of burglaries can be prevented by following some basic crime prevention tips:

Lock your doors and windows. If you have a UPVC door make sure you double lock it using the keys as well as lifting the door handle.

Remove the keys from the door and put them in a safe place near the door but not on view, or in reach of the letter box.

Do not answer the door to unexpected callers. Check who is at the door and use your door chain before opening it. Not sure, don’t open the door. Ask them to come back when you have someone with you.

If you are away from home after dark, use a timer switch on a lamp, radio or TV to give the impression that someone is home.

Do not keep large amounts of cash at home, deposit into your bank.

Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach of windows and doors that may be open during the warm weather.

Whilst you are in your house ensure that doors are still locked and you do not have windows open which are not in your immediate view. At night, ensure that all windows and doors are fully secured, especially ground floor windows.

Ensure that garden tools, ladders etc are locked away in a secure shed. These can be used to break into your home if left in your garden.