Watch out

Avon & Somerset police have issued a warning to residents in Mendip and South Somerset after a recent spate of burglaries. Three properties have been targeted in the last three days and in each case the thieves struck during the day.

On the morning of Wednesday 12th September thieves forced the back door of a home in Castle Cary and stole cash and jewellery.

The next day, again in the morning, burglars forced a window at a house in Pitney. They stole antique jewellery including a distinctive diamond brooch (pictured) and an Edwardian ladies’ diamond wristwatch.

Also on Thursday at some point between 8am and 7.15pm, a house in Croscombe was broken into. In this case nothing appears to have been stolen despite an untidy search.

Investigating officer PC Matt Lorimer said: “We don’t see that many homes burgled in this part of Somerset. I’d ask people to look out for their neighbours and report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 101. Of course, if it’s obvious someone is breaking in, ring 999 straight away.

Police advise householders to:

  • Keep cash in the bank and high-value jewellery with a specialist secure storage company, not at home
  • Keep photographs and a description of items with sentimental value
  • Use a traceable asset marking liquid on jewellery or antiques
  • Join Neighbourhood Watch
  • Keep tools locked up in a secure shed or garage
  • Make sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows
  • Lock up and set the alarm at night as well as when you go out

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