POLICE PROBING COLD CALL LINK TO HOUSE RAIDS
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.