Police appeal as burglaries linked

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A series of burglaries has led police to appeal for witnesses

Seven offences took place between July 3 and July 31 and police are linking them all.

The offences took place in Sovereign Drive, Pennyland, on July 3, Brearly Avenue, Oldbrook, on July 6, Carpenter Court, Neath Hill, on July 6, Broadway Avenue, Giffard Park, on July 6, Burchard Crescent, Shenley Church End, on July 28, Silicon Court, Shenley Lodge, on July 28 and The Mount, Simpson, on July 31.

Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Kelly Gardner, from Local CID Milton Keynes, said: “I would like to reassure all residents that Thames Valley Police is continuing to do all it can to stop burglaries and the criminals who commit them with our continued patrols in Milton Keynes.

“We believe these offences are linked with the offenders targeting vulnerable properties overnight, where windows and doors have been left insecure. Once inside they are stealing various small items but focusing on cash.

“I would like to speak to anyone who may have information in regards to the incidents above. If you have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, make sure you get in touch with Thames Valley Police via 101.

“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 or reach through windows to take valuable items.

“Please remain vigilant and advise any elderly friends, family or neighbours of the importance of keeping windows, particularly ground floor windows, closed and locked overnight. We understand the weather is hot, but the offenders are just looking for any opportunity and insecure windows or doors can provide that.

“I would also like to take this opportunity in reminding residents to check their home security and follow the crime prevention advice below. When you are leaving your house, even to pop to the shops down the road, make sure all windows and doors are locked and you set your house alarm if you have one.”

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