Residents warned after an increase in suspicious activities in Burntwood
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Residents are being warned to remain vigilant and ensure their properties are secure following an increase in the number of reported suspicious incidents in Burntwood recently.
Police were first called on Tuesday (11 January) at around 8.35am to a property on Warren Road.
Car keys, three bicycles, a number of electrical goods, including two laptops, and a watch were reported stolen.
It is believed the theft took place overnight, between 5pm and 8am.
The following day, on Wednesday (12 January) at around 10.15am, two men believed to be posing as tree surgeons visited an address nearby, off Chase Road.
They claimed to be working at an nearby property and said they needed to remove overhanging branches. They then demanded £250 from a resident.
Thankfully, they did not hand over any money and reported the incident to police.
Inspector Kelly Wareing, of Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’re urging local residents to ensure entrances to their properties are secure at all times, to deter criminals who chance their hand and try doors or gates to see if there is a way in.
“Consider using timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use, and make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order.
“If an offender is confronted or tries to gain entry to your home by claiming to be from an organisation, always ask to see identification. If you are ever suspicious or have any doubts please do not let them into your property.
“To report any suspicious incidents such as this please message the force on social media or call 101 to pass on the details. In an emergency, always dial 999.”
If anybody was in the area of these incidents at the times stated above and saw or heard anything suspicious, they are asked to message Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 213 of 12 Jan.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Officers advised that in order to protect yourself from falling victim to these criminals, you should: • Make sure your front and back doors are locked at all times – even when you’re at home. If you’re answering the front door then make extra sure your back door is locked – as criminals could be working in pairs or groups. • Before you answer the door it’s worth taking a second to think about whether you’re expecting anyone – if you can see who’s there before answering make sure you do. • If you have a chain on your door – use it. Don’t remove it unless you’re absolutely certain that person is genuine. • Tighten up security – focus on improving the protection given by doors, windows and fences to make it harder for anyone trying to break in. • Keep all valuable items out of sight and, if possible, in a safe – if anyone does manage to get in safely stored items will make it much harder for them to find and take. For more advice on protecting your home and making it secure, visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/