Police safety reminder after burglary in Newport Pagnell

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Thames Valley Police are reminding people about home security after a burglary in Newport Pagnell.

Between 9.30am and 9.45am last Tuesday offenders got into a house in Hill View via an insecure door at the rear of the property and stole a Nintendo Wii, a BlackBerry Curve mobile phone, three Dell laptops, one Lenovi laptop, two iPods, a black holdall containing MacIntyre Diploma Level 2 in Health & Social Care Assignment paperwork and MacIntyre pamphlets.

The assignment was in plastic wallets in a ring binder which were headed with the company name MacIntyre.

PC Julie Bishop, of Milton Keynes police station, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have information about the incident.

“The incident occurred while the occupant of the house, a 19-year-old man, was having a shower. I would like to remind people that they should ensure their windows and doors are securely locked when parts of the house are unoccupied.

“I would like to reassure the residents that house burglaries in the local are low, however I would ask them to follow the below crime prevention advice to make their homes are more secure.

“I would appeal to anyone who may come across these items; in particular, the Diploma Assignment as this is not something that can be replaced.

“I can also confirm the victim was unharmed and unaware of the offence until later in the day.”

The most common cases of opportunist summer burglary involve offenders that:

Enter an insecure front door while residents are in the back garden

Enter doors that are closed but unlocked at night while residents are asleep

Reach through windows to take valuable items

Residents need to:

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.