Fordham residents warned to ensure 'home security is robust' after four separate house burglaries in 10 days
PUBLISHED: 09:48 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 18 December 2017
Fordham residents have been warned to ensure their "home security is robust" after four separate house burglaries within the village in 10 days.
On December 7 an address in Hillside Meadow was entered and jewellery was stolen.
Then on December 13 a further address in Trinity Close was also burgled, and again jewellery was taken.
On December 15 two more properties were entered, in Collins Hill and Murfitt’s Lane, and a list of stolen property has been compiled. It is believed that jewellery was taken again.
“Investigators are working diligently to identify the person(s) responsible,” said a police spokesman.
Sergeant Phil Priestley, at Ely Police Station, said: “There has been an increase in house burglary across the East Cambs region in recent weeks.
“Officers are conducting high visibility reassurance patrols in the affected areas at the key hours. Our investigators are working hard to follow up on the available lines of enquiries.
“This isn’t a problem that is just focused on Fordham by any means and we have seen similar offences in Ely, Soham, Littleport and Haddenham.
“It is important that people take reasonable steps to protect their property by ensuring that their home security is robust.
“We would ask people to look in on their elderly friends and relatives to ensure that they cared for.
“We do advise that houses left in darkness are more likely to be targeted, and the late afternoon appears to be the most vulnerable time.”
“Simple devices that switch on lights at timed intervals could be the difference in keeping your home safe.
“Other more technical solutions, including proximity lights and CCTV have become more available and more affordable.
“Home security surveys are available - and anyone who is particularly vulnerable or concerned can reply to this message to find out more.
“If you have any information to provide on this or any crime, you can supply it anonymously through CrimeStoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
“Alternatively, send us a private message here and we will follow up.”
In a separate incident in October, a pair of Nike trainers was stolen when a house was broken into in Columbine Road, Ely.