Homeowners urged to stay alert following surge in burglary in East Cambs

Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police - Credit: Archant

POLICE are warning homeowners in isolated villagers and rural locations to be doubly aware after a recent increase in burglaries.

Officers said thieves had specifically targeted houses in remote areas and with few neighbours in recent weeks and urged householders to be alert to any suspicious activity.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: “We have noticed in East Cambridgeshire an increase of burglaries in remote locations and vulnerable properties that are not overlooked or have neighbours within close proximity.

“We urge all residents to remain vigilant and ensure they take the necessary steps to secure their property.

“Be suspicious of unknown vehicles and persons in the area, even if they are some distance away they may be keeping surveillance on your property.”

Officers said that the method of entry used by thieves in the recent upsurge had typically been by smashing a window and items targeted had mainly been jewellery and fire arms.

The spokesman added: “Keep all valuable items secure, the first place an offender will generally search are dressing tables and bedside cabinets.”

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In the past fortnight, officers said they had arrested two people for similar offences, and discovered that the offenders had been scoping out their targets before returning to burgle them.