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Police warning after spike in Brentwood burglaries
6:15pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
POLICE are warning residents to review the security on their homes following a spate of burglaries in the Brentwood area.
There have been six burglaries in the last two days alone - and one home was broken into twice in the space of nine days.
Homes in Coxtie Green Road, Pilgrims Hatch, in Hawthorn Avenue and St Stephen’s Crescent in Brentwood, Shenfield Road in Shenfield and Colet Road in Hutton were all broken into on October 29.
Police are working to identify what was stolen in those incidents.
A house in Pondfield Lane, Brentwood was broken into on October 21 and then again on October 30. Jewellery was stolen from inside the house and two bicycles were taken from the garden shed.
Burglaries have been occurring overnight when laptops, bags, wallets and cash have been stolen, particularly in the Tips Cross and Doddinghurst area in recent weeks.
There have also been six occasions where car keys have been pinched from inside the house, with victims’ cars then driven off the drive.
One such burglary occurred in Vine Way, Brentwood at about 2.40am on Wednesday, September 11. The front door of a house was forced and the keys to a blue Audi A4 were stolen.
A man was seen getting into the victim’s Audi and driving off. He is described as a white man, aged 41 to 60, about 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, of medium build and with short, grey hair.
A similar incident occured four days later at around 3.25am in Lorne Road, Warley, but the thief - described as a white man, aged 30 to 40, slim and wearing black clothing - was disturbed by the owner of the house he was trying to enter.
Acting Inspector Scott Kingsnorth said: "I would strongly urge people to review the security on their homes given these recent burglaries. Consider getting an alarm, buy decent locks, and make sure you always double lock your door when going out.
"It’s also advisable to leave a radio or light on to make your house look like it’s occupied.
"My officers will be conducting patrols in the area and we want to hear from anyone who notices any suspicious activity no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time – it could prevent your neighbour from being burgled.”
Anyone with information on recent burglaries is urged to contact police on 101, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police advise that if you witness a crime in progress, always dial 999.