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Police warn Sutton residents following increase in burglaries

Police in Sutton Coldfield have stepped up patrols after 10 burglaries have been reported since last Friday, (4 October) with thieves predominately trying to steal car keys from houses and then taking cars from the driveway. 

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have increased patrols in the area during key times and are working closely with local residents to increase awareness, share crime prevention advice and encourage people to get involved in local Neighbourhood Watch and Street Watch schemes.

Inspector Glynis Tomlinson, responsible for policing in the area, said: “I don’t want to worry anyone as I appreciate how being a victim of burglary can be very distressing. Even if nothing is stolen, the thought of a stranger being in your home can feel like a violation of your privacy and security. However, with the darker nights coming, we do traditionally see an increase in crimes such as burglary and I’d ask you to consider your home security, remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour. 

“Last year we saw many instances where thieves were breaking in solely to take keys, while I do not want to see this happen again, my advice would be that you do not take them upstairs with you at night. If they are persistent enough to break-in, it is best they take the keys and go.

“We remain determined to find and bring whoever is responsible for these crimes to justice and I’d urge anybody who can assist our enquiries to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We have excellent working relationships with our communities and there are lots of people who are really keen to help share our messages and advice, I’d like to offer my thanks to these people and encourage anyone else who is interested in working with us via a local scheme such as Neighbourhood Watch or Street Watch to get in touch with a member of my team."

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about what is happening in their area can sign up to WMNOW, details can be found here:

Anyone with any information about crime in the area contact us via Live Chat at between 8am and midnight, 101, anytime or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Here are a few tips to consider to keep your home safe:

• Hide all keys out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
• Invest in a visual burglar alarm or CCTV
• Install good outside lighting and improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
• Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
• Use a steering lock on your car, it can make a huge difference, please remember to keep the key separate to your main set of keys
• Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
• If you have a garage, always make sure your car is parked in it overnight
• Invest in a tracking device so if your car is stolen it stands a better chance of being traced. If your car is fitted with a tracking device, activate it every time
• Be alert when you are outside - consider who is around you and where your keys are
• Report any suspicious activity or interest in these types of cars to the police.

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