Ipswich: Is your home an open invitation for burglars?

IPSWICH: Police are warning residents to take the proper safety precautions after 29 unsecured homes were targeted in a month by burglars.

The warning comes after thieves broke into a total of 40 premises in Ipswich between October 5 and November 5.

Many of the burglaries of unsecured properties occurred at locations on the outskirts of the town centre, although others happened further afield

Following the break-ins residents are being reminded to lock all doors and close their windows before leaving their homes.

An appeal has also been issued by detectives in Ipswich in a bid to catch the burglars.

Late last month police issued advice on home security before the clocks were put back and the dark nights became longer.

Speaking about the latest spate of burglaries Detective Inspector Stuart Sowerby said: “We have noticed an increase in the number of burglaries being committed due to residents leaving doors and windows open.

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“This obviously makes it very easy for criminals to enter the property without being heard or seen. We ask people to remember to lock their homes even if they are in the premises or just popping out for a few moments.

“You never know when a burglar could strike. We are investigating all of these burglaries and are asking for members of the public who have any information relating to them to telephone 101.”

Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, with information on freephone 0800 555111.