Open in­vi­ta­tion to crim­i­nals

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.

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