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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Police warning follows burglaries at west Cumbrian villages

Police in Allerdale are issuing advice to home owners about making sure their properties and outbuildings are secure.

This follows sneak in burglaries last week in the Cockermouth, Dearham, Crosby Villa, Caldbeck, Bothel and Workington areas. Many of the properties had been left insecure.

Stolen property includes handbags, wallets and cash, all of which are small and easy to grab.

Inspector Craig Lory said: “We are asking the community to be more vigilant about the security of their property. Burglaries are particular upsetting crimes and are an invasion of people’s private space.

“However we all need to be responsible for the security of our own homes and making sure that our doors and windows are locked will prevent your property being an easy target for thieves.

“Please double check your homes, if you are in a different part of the house and wouldn’t hear the front or back door opening, then lock it. Don’t leave any valuables on display, put mobile phones, keys, handbags and small electrical devices in areas which are not by a window or door.

“Crime in Cumbria as a whole is low and these incidents are not common in Allerdale.

“However, by following these simple steps, we can make it as difficult as possible for a criminal to make you a victim.

“We are investigating these burglaries and aim to bring those responsible to justice and appeal to the community if they have any information which could help to trace these criminals for them to contact us on 101.”

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