Spate of burglaries in Hadleigh
A SPATE of burglaries in Hadleigh has left one victim today urging everyone to double-check their locks before they go to bed at night.The plea comes after three homes and one car in Malyon Road in the town and one house in Stockton Close were targeted by opportunistic criminals who rummaged though personal items after discovering doors unlocked.
A SPATE of burglaries in Hadleigh has left one victim today urging everyone to double-check their locks before they go to bed at night.
The plea comes after three homes and one car in Malyon Road in the town and one house in Stockton Close were targeted by opportunistic criminals who rummaged though personal items after discovering doors unlocked.
One victim from Malyon Road, who did not wish to be named, said: “I usually put a chain across the door religiously and don't think about it anymore, but by the looks of it I probably didn't this time.
“It is so annoying that it's the one night I forgot that something happened, but it shows you have to be really careful and always, always, lock the door.”
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The 26-year-old said he had been asleep in the house along with his wife and two-year-old son when the burglary happened in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The culprits went through his wife's wallet and stole the house and car keys meaning he had to get new locks throughout.
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Meanwhile a neighbour in Malyon Road whose door was also left open had around £1,000 of electrical goods including three cameras and two MP3 players stolen between 9pm on Sunday and 6am yesterday.
There was also an attempted robbery in the road overnight when an unlocked front door was opened but a chain on the door stopped the culprits entering.
Then between 11.30pm on Sunday and 6.15am yesterday a house in Stockton Close was broken into and keys and a mobile phone were taken.
There was also a theft of around £6 from a blue Hyundai car parked in Malyon Road after the vehicle was left unlocked.
Police in the town are linking all the crimes.
Peter Lickert, senior crime reduction officer for Suffolk police's southern area, including Hadleigh, said: “Make sure all your doors and windows are locked.
“The easier you make it for burglars the more likely they are to target you. If you leave your window open and your neighbour doesn't it is more likely something will happen to your house.
“Some burglars may walk along, rattling door handles. They can be opportunistic.”
Anyone with information about the crimes should call Pc Sarah Munnings at the central Babergh safer neighbourhood team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.