Spate of burglaries in Cambridgeshire

A burglar strikes
A burglar strikes

Residents are being urged to report suspicious activity and check their security after a spate of burglaries.

Burglars have been breaking into homes in a number of villages by climbing through windows or smashing through patio doors.

There were five burglaries and one attempted break-in last night in Knapwell and Papworth, with the majority of offences happening between 8pm and midnight.

Electrical goods and cash are being targeted by offenders.

Pc Andy Bates said: “There were six crimes last night in two villages and they happened when people were out in the evening.

“We would urge residents to keep a lookout for suspicious activity, but there are also measures you can take to protect your own home.

“Unless patio doors are fitted with a multi-lock system it is best to fit additional locks.

“They should be fitted on the bottom of the fixed frame at the centre, and on the side frame at the opening point at the top of the door.

“You can fix blocks or anti-lift devices to prevent doors being lifted off their track.

“It is also worth considering reinforced glass when replacing or changing patio door units, as this will give a much greater resistance to attack. Patio door locking bars are also available to improve security.

“Local officers have increased patrols in the targeted areas and work is ongoing to trace those responsible.

“The public also play an important role and I would urge people to be our eyes and ears in their street, look out for one another and report anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to police.”

This coincides with a focus on burglary as part of the force’s Get Closer campaign.

Strong communities can be a deterrent for burglars – make friends with your neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 1) Echo.