PO­LICE PROB­ING COLD CALL LINK TO HOUSE RAIDS

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - KATIE BEL­LIS Re­porter katie.bel­[email protected]­line.co.uk

ACAR, jewellery and cash have been stolen dur­ing sev­eral high-value bur­glar­ies, be­lieved to be linked, in Port Tal­bot, Neath and Swansea. Po­lice are con­nect­ing the bur­glar­ies due to the sim­i­lar ways in which the of­fend­ers en­tered each prop­erty and searched for jewellery and cash to steal.

They also think that a se­ries of cold caller in­ci­dents may have some­thing to do with the crime spate.

In one re­cent bur­glary, a high­pow­ered black VW Golf was stolen.

Of­fi­cers are keen to find this ve­hi­cle, reg­is­tra­tion X9 LTX, and re­turn it to its owner.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the bur­glar­ies to come for­ward.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor He­len Wood­ward said: “We are ap­peal­ing for re­ports of any sight­ings of sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles or in­di­vid­u­als in your neigh­bour­hoods.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­ten­tial links to cold caller in­ci­dents at ad­dresses where of­fend­ers will pre­tend to be sell­ing ser­vices such as win­dow clean­ing or gut­ter re­pairs, or be re­spond­ing to fic­ti­tious on­line ad­verts.

“House­hold­ers should al­ways ver­ify call­ers, and if they be­lieve them to be sus­pi­cious in any way then they should con­tact the po­lice im­me­di­ately and take note of de­scrip­tions and de­tails of any ve­hi­cles be­ing used, as this could be valu­able to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We re­ally need the as­sis­tance of the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant and to come for­ward and re­port any sus­pi­cious in­ci­dents to us.

“Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to feel safe in their own home, and pro­tect­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties is an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity. If you or some­one you know is a vic­tim of a doorstep crime; if the be­hav­iour of a doorstep caller is caus­ing you con­cern or you feel threat­ened in any way, please re­port it. We will take prompt, pos­i­tive ac­tion.”

“Of­fi­cers have been car­ry­ing out house-to-house and CCTV en­quiries around the ar­eas where the bur­glar­ies have oc­curred, as well as pro­vid­ing sup­port to vic­tims.

“You can help us by re­main­ing vig­i­lant and tak­ing all pre­cau­tions to se­cure your prop­erty. If you have any vul­ner­a­ble neigh­bours please look out for them, es­pe­cially at this time of year.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111, quot­ing ref­er­ence:1800300011.

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