Police advise residents after burglary

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Thames Valley Police would like to remind residents about home security after a burglary in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.

Between 9.30am and 9.45am offenders gained entry to a property in Hill View, Newport Pagnell via an insecure door at the rear of the property and stole electrical items.

Items stolen included a black 64GB iPod, a Nintendo Wii, a BlackBerry Curve mobile phone and four laptops.

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 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.

Further crime prevention advice available on the Thames Valley Police website

Anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in this area or has any information about the stolen property should contact new 24-hour 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.