Burglars target estate agents

A "COULDN'T-CARE" band of raiders who flout security cameras by breaking into town centre businesses is at large in Ipswich.That is the warning from an estate agent today – one of four in the town to have been raided in the last fortnight.

A "COULDN'T-CARE" band of raiders who flout security cameras by breaking into town centre businesses is at large in Ipswich.

That is the warning from an estate agent today – one of four in the town to have been raided in the last fortnight.

Computer equipment was among the cache taken by raiders to Pennington estate agents, in Crown Street, on January 7.

Four days later a gang struck again, this time at Carter Sadler in Neale Street making off with two digital cameras.

A day later Beane,Wass and Box, in Princes Street, fell prey to attackers who made off with cash from the safe.

And on the same night raiders threw a concrete block through the window of Girling in Great Colman Street before making off with a computer.

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Estate Agent Colin Girling, who has spent more than £3,500 replacing broken windows in the last 12 years, said: "They smashed the windows before cutting the leads and taking a computer. We have CCTV cameras aimed at the office but they didn't seem to care.

"There's been so many recently and including raids on other premises it just seems these people are able to do what they want.

"They don't care whether they are caught on CCTV cameras or not. In any case the cameras don' work, aren't being monitored or don't have any film in them."

A police spokeswoman said: "The town centre unit is dedicating to this problem and does patrol during the evenings. Crime prevention officers work closely with retail and business outlets to make them as safe as possible."

It was too early for police to establish any link between the raids, she added.

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