Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

East Suffolk: Spate of burglaries in unoccupied rural properties prompts police bank holiday warning

16:21 28 April 2014

Mandatory Credit: Photo By Shout / Rex Features A Burglar climbing over the garden wall of a house.

Mandatory Credit: Photo By Shout / Rex Features A Burglar climbing over the garden wall of a house.

THIS COPYRIGHTED IMAGE MUST NOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

A spate of burglaries from unoccupied rural properties in east Suffolk has prompted detectives to issue security advice for homeowners planning a break this bank holiday weekend.

Police have noticed a recent rise in burglaries across Suffolk Coastal and Waveney, with many happening while the properties are left noticeably empty.

Dc Andy Barker, of Suffolk Coastal CID, said; “We have a number of lines of enquiry that we are following to trace those involved in these incidents but we are also asking residents to help us by taking some simple crime reduction steps and are urging you to call us immediately if you see or hear anything suspicious.

“Several of the properties that have been targeted have been homes where the householder is away on holiday and there have been no lights on or vehicle outside – in short there is no sign that the address is occupied.

“Leaving your lights on a timer device while you are out is a simple and inexpensive way of making it appear as though you are at home.“If you are going away consider getting a trusted relative, friend or neighbour to look after your home, and perhaps think about leaving a vehicle outside it if you can.”

In several of the burglaries, which took place most recently in Wangford, Worlingham, Monewden, Trimley, Ufford and Otley, electrical items including phones, tablets and laptop computers were stolen.

Officers are urging owners of such devices to use “security apps” that track devices remotely and have helped police recover them and make arrests.

For more information call your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or visit www.suffolk.police.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

University students were evacuated from their accommodation block in Ipswich tonight after a fire broke out.

A veteran dance duo are hanging up their competing shoes and turning their attention to teaching.

Delivering millions of presents around the world in one night won’t seem quite as hard this year for Santa after he completed a gruelling obstacle course in Ipswich.

Thirteen out of 23 people pictured on CCTV in Bury St Edmunds near the time of RAF airman Corrie McKeague’s disappearance have now been identified, according to the 23-year-old’s family.

People in need in Felixstowe are queuing for up to 45 minutes to buy a carrier bag of food for £1.

Visitors to Needham Market on Sunday saw both a fayre and festival underway to celebrate Christmas.

A luxury sports car crashed through a central reservation and caught fire in a single-vehicle crash in west Suffolk in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A BMW driver was taken to hospital after a crash near Stowmarket on Saturday night.

The RSPCA are appealing for animal lovers to come forward and adopt some of the cute creatures they are looking to rehome.

Eagle-eyed shoppers have spent the day looking for the ideal gift at a Christmas market at a church in Felixstowe.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24