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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Police call for secure homes after Workington burglaries

A spate of burglaries in west Cumbria has prompted police to urge people to secure their homes.

In the last month there have been 12 incidents in the Workington area.

Police say some of the homes robbed were not secure when empty, while criminals forced their way into others.

The top attractions for burglars have included credit cards, handbags and MP3 players.

Inspector Gary Hunter, responsible for the policing response, said: “There is a lot of work ongoing by detectives to trace those who are responsible. We want to raise awareness of these crimes and aim to make it difficult for thieves to carry out further offences.

“We always encourage people to make sure their property is secure. Local Police Community Support Officers will be in the area, speaking to home owners about security and even trying doors to see if they can gain entry. If they can gain access without being detected, then a criminal certainly can.”

Detective Inspector Ian Harwood also commented.

He said: “We want to reassure the community that we are investigating these incidents and it is only a matter of time before those responsible are caught and brought to justice."

“We appeal to residents to be aware of any suspicious activity in their area,” he added.

“They know what is normal, including the people and vehicles which they are used to seeing. Anyone who appears out of place or looks suspicious should be report to us immediately.”

He also described information from the community as “vital”.

Advice on home security can be found at www.cumbria.police.uk/securehomes . Anyone with any information on the burglaries can contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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