CCTV warn­ing over would-be bur­glars

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A MAN is warn­ing neigh­bours about op­por­tunist thieves af­ter catch­ing sus­pected bur­glars at­tempt­ing to gain ac­cess to his gar­den.

Tony Dob­son, 50, spot­ted two men try­ing the gate to the rear of his prop­erty on Brunswick Hill in Mac­cles­field at around 6am on Mon­day, Au­gust 21.

Tony, who was alerted when the mo­tion sen­sor on this home CCTV sys­tem picked up the move­ments of the men, said they tried the gate be­fore mov­ing away.

He added that it was the third time in re­cent weeks there has been an at­tempt to gain ac­cess to his house. The rail­way worker said: “We have an open al­ley­way at the back of our house and I think they see it as an easy tar­get – it’s not just our house, but there are sev­eral oth­ers close by.”

Tony says that Brunswick Hill acts as a nat­u­ral thor­ough­fare be­tween an es­tate and the town cen­tre, which is why he thinks the thieves may be op­por­tunists rather than pro­fes­sion­als.

He said: “It’s clear they aren’t pro­fes­sion­als, the ma­jor­ity of the time it seems to be youths – peo­ple in their late teens and early 20s – they’ve not even cov­ered their faces or any­thing.”

He added: “We have had a cou­ple of bikes stolen and some items from the shed, it’s still quite scary.

“There are a lot of older peo­ple who live round here.”

Tony, who in­stalled the CCTV at his prop­erty af­ter the thefts, has also no­ticed a pat­tern in when these in­ci­dents oc­cur – with the lat­est two hap­pen­ing shortly af­ter some­one left the house.

He said: “We’ve had alerts just af­ter leav­ing for work in the morn­ing and also around dusk af­ter we went out for the evening.

“Its more com­mon in the sum­mer I think – peo­ple get a bit more com­pla­cent and leave things out in the gar­den, es­pe­cially when the weather is good.”

Tony says that peo­ple should be vig­i­lant when leav­ing their prop­er­ties and sug­gested lights should be left on to make it ap­pear as if peo­ple are left in.

He is also urg­ing res­i­dents to en­sure they lock away all valu­ables.

He added: “I un­der­stand the po­lice can’t al­ways be around so we have to be aware.”

The lat­est in­ci­dent has been re­ported to Cheshire po­lice and Tony will be send­ing his CCTV footage to them.

Cheshire Po­lice have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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