Outbuildings hit in spree of burglaries
9:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
OPPORTUNIST thieves have been prowling residential streets on late-night shopping sprees in garages and sheds.
Police have reported a surge in break-ins over the last week and are urging homeowners to secure their sheds and garages following a big jump in non-dwelling burglaries in the east sector – mostly in Liden, Nythe, Wroughton and Chiseldon.
There were 36 reported shed and garage break-ins reported last week, 20 more at the weekend and a further 11 on Monday alone.
A number of arrests have been made in connection with the spate of crime but police have said enquiries are continuing and there may be more culprits at large.
East Sector Inspector Joe Saunders said: “These are opportunists and it is certainly not just one individual walking around our town; there are many individuals involved.
“We have increased patrols in the area and arrests have been made, but I need homeowners to join us trying to curb this rise.
“Often what we have found is that they have broken in and then nothing has been stolen. I urge people to secure their garages and sheds and not make it easy for the criminals.
“In addition to the central lock on a garage door, homeowners should consider installing two bolts to the bottom of the door and securing these to the wall of the building.
“I want the people of Swindon to know that Wiltshire Police are robustly tackling these offences and I want the offenders to know we have more officers on patrol and they will be caught.”
Call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.