Nottinghamshire Police are urging residents to check their safety and help the force reduce break-ins even further after a house was ransacked while a couple were on vacation.
The warning comes after new national statistics released this week showed burglaries in the county fell by just over a third (34%) in the year through April 2021, marking a sustained decline that began long before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the force is never complacent and its hard work continues day in and day out to help prevent burglaries in the first place, rigorously investigate reports, and take strong action against burglars.
An investigation is underway and officers are appealing for witnesses and information after a couple returned from vacation on Wednesday (July 21, 2021) to find that all of their rooms in their home had been searched and jewelry, de cash and china had been taken away.
The burglary occurred at Hereford Road, Ravenshead, between June 26 and July 21, 2021. There was no sign of a break-in.
Officers are also investigating after a suspect attempted to enter a house on St Michael’s Avenue in Gedling.
A window left ajar was opened as the assailant attempted to climb inside. When the victim got off after hearing a noise, she found the window wide open. The frame had been damaged and items on the windowsill had been moved after the suspect was disturbed and fled.
The burglary attempt occurred at around 12:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Witnesses or anyone who may have captured CCTV, cell phone or dash cam footage of the incidents are being asked to come forward as police continue their investigation.
Nottinghamshire Police Neighborhood Inspector Chris Pearson said: ‘Burglary is such a pervasive and traumatic crime that we don’t want anyone to fall victim to.
“Tackling and reducing burglaries is a priority for the force and we want to do everything we can to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place.
“We have increased patrols in these areas to provide reassurance as we continue our investigations, but we need the public’s help to combat the break-ins.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of making sure your front and back doors are locked, even when you are in the house, and that your windows are locked whenever possible to deter burglars.
“We want people to take advantage of the warmer weather, but we urge them to think about the safety of their homes before it is too late.
Here are some simple crime prevention tips for your home:
• Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
• Keep desirable items out of sight of passers-by. Valuables should not be visible from windows and doors in your home.
• Make sure your keys are kept in a safe place, out of sight and away from your mailbox.
• Do not leave spare keys outside or in a garage or shed.
• Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if they are connected to your property.
• Having a home burglar alarm and even a doorbell camera could help deter intruders.
• If you see anyone acting suspiciously, report it immediately to Nottinghamshire Police by calling 101 or, in an emergency, calling 999.
For more information on how to protect your home, visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/document/advice-home
Anyone with information on the mentioned incidents is asked to call the Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 438 of July 21 (Ravenshead) or 17 of July 22 (Gedling).