Open invitation to criminals
POLICE say homeowners letting their guard down because of warm weather and World Cup feel-good factor could be behind a spate of thefts in the city.
In just one week there were seven burglaries, six thefts from gardens, four bikes stolen, a car theft and five incidents of criminal damage in the city west area.
Neighbourhood police inspector Louise Angel urged residents not to be complacent.
Insp Angel said: “Crime has in fact been down in the area, so when we see results like these, they are quite obviously a blip and something we take incredibly seriously.
“Our team of analysts have not linked any of them together, in terms of known offenders, and they appear to be isolated.
“The most frustrating thing for us is the bike thefts and the burglaries, as unfortunately nearly all the break-ins occurred because people left their windows open.
”We don’t know whether with the warm weather and the World Cup on more people are enjoying themselves and not being as careful as they normally would be.”
As well as urging householders to beef up security, she said police would be concentrating their efforts in the area.
She added: “Residents should not be alarmed and know we are taking steps to prevent these incidents happening.”
Between June 14 and 20, five cars were vandalised, with tyres being punctured and body work being damaged. Two of the five were in the Pendleton area in Bretton and the others were in Kirkmeadow in Bretton and Bader Close and Gayton Court, in Ravensthorpe.
Thefts from a motor vehicle took place in Flaxland, Bretton and Clipston Walk, Westwood, and a car was stolen in Thorpe Park Road, in Westwood.
Four pedal cycles were taken from Bretton Gate, in Bretton, and Aldermans Drive and Westfield Road, in Westwood.
Four properties in Everdon Way, Bretton, Ellindon and Heltwate in Ravensthorpe, and Kirkmeadow in Bretton, suffered criminal damage.
There were seven burglaries in homes and sheds. Three took place in Lowick Gardens, Ravensthorpe, with the remainder in Deerleap, in Bretton and Winwick Place, Smallwood and Bader Close in Ravensthorpe.
The six thefts from gardens took place in Essendyke, Oxclose and Kirkmeadow, in Bretton and Westwood Park Road, in Westwood. Property stolen ranged from patio furniture to hanging baskets.
Insp Angel said: “We have caught and charged someone this week with theft from gardens and we have not had any since then. “We have also been doing door-todoor enquiries and advising people on crime prevention.
“But the key thing is these crimes are not related and we urge people to come forward with information on any of these crimes.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0345 456 456 4.