Two more burglaries in Alvechurch

By Connie Osborne Friday 06 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 13:04

ANOTHER two burglaries have taken place in Alvechurch following a recent spate of thefts.

The first happened between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Monday (December 2), in Station Road when a conservatory window was prised open.

Damage of £150 was caused to a window frame and a further £100 to an internal door.

Thieves stole items including three yellow gold plain band rings, a silver Pandora bracelet with four silver charms and one red jewel charm, worth £500.

A Tag Heuer Formula One watch with a metal strap, white face, and three rows of diamonds around the outside of the face, which was worth £1,800, and an Apple iPod MP3 player in a red case valued at £200, was also taken.

The second happened just before 3am on Tuesday (December 3) when offenders smashed a lounge window at the front of a house in Bear Hill, disturbing the occupants.

They reached inside and stole a white Apple Macbook laptop worth £1,000.

A taxi was seen in Bear Hill around the same time, and police would like to trace the driver and occupants of the vehicle, as they may have information.

The break-ins follow calls made by the community to step up police patrols in Alvechurch after a crime spree in the village.

In recent weeks there has been a spike in burglaries, car break-ins and other thefts sparking anger among residents that not enough is being done to deter thieves.

In the previous week sentimental jewellery was stolen from a house in School Lane, and two Dell laptops and 500 Euros from a house in Redditch Road.

Police believe some of the burglaries are linked and patrols have been increased while officers are appealing to residents to be vigilant.

They are also reminding residents to lock doors and windows, secure gates at the rear of properties as well as leaving lights to come on when dusk falls.

Keep Christmas presents out of sight until the last moment, and do not leave valuables such as laptops by windows where they can easily been seen from outside.

Det con Tony Flanagan of West Mercia Police said: "We realise the residents of Alvechurch will be concerned at these burglaries, and we are taking them very seriously.

"In the run up to Christmas and over the festive period, burglars know there are going to be presents in homes, and also that householders are more likely to be out or away.

"Darkness falling early and the fact that there are less people outside gardening, washing cars or walking dogs also helps burglars select a target and break-in undetected so it is vital people are alert and keep an eye on each other’s homes.

"Retired people who are at home during the day can play a huge part by having a glance out of the window every now and again, especially if they hear anything. Burglars are less likely to strike in a close-knit community where they feel residents will take an interest in strangers and investigate the sounds of glass breaking or alarms going off."

Anyone with any information about any of the burglaries should call Bromsgrove anti-burglary team on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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