Police urge residents to lock houses after spate of burglaries in Bulwell

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Police are warning residents to be more security conscious and lock their doors following a number of break-ins in Bulwell and beyond.

Police are asking home-owners to take extra measures to ensure their property is as secure as possible following a number of burglaries in the last week.

The majority of these incidents have seen opportunistic thieves able to gain access through unlocked doors or windows.

Between 11pm on Thursday 9th January and 5am on Friday 10th January 2014 a television and other valuables were taken from a flat in Snape Nook Court, in Bulwell. Again a door was thought to have been left unlocked.

A computer was taken from an insecure property in Duchess Gardens, Bulwell, overnight between 9th and 10th January.

Police are working with residents to help improve home security and urging everyone to think twice about how their property might be seen by an opportunistic thief.

Det Insp Andrea Baxter said: “A thief will chance his or her luck at an open door or window hoping for an easy win. Don’t let them.

These sorts of burglaries can be prevented with common sense measures including locking doors and closing ground floor windows when going to bed, or even when just leaving the room.

“This type of burglary is particularly distressing to householders, who feel very vulnerable when they realise a burglar has been in their home while they were asleep.

“You may also discover your insurance does not cover you if entry has been gained through an insecure door or window.”

DI Baxter advised residents to keep their house and vehicle keys somewhere safe, and not near a door or window or where they could be easily reached, such as on the bottom of the stairs.

Outdoor security lights which come on automatically when they detect movement may act as a deterrent, and residents are reminded to keep side gates bolted to prevent burglars gaining access to the rear of the property.

Witnesses or anyone with information about any of the burglaries are asked to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 500111.