Police urge householders to lock up

March 03 2017

POLICE are urging householders to make sure they’ve locked up properly after four burglaries were reported in Hanham, Kingswood and Soudwell during the early hours of Friday February 10.

POLICE are urging householders to make sure they’ve locked up properly after four burglaries were reported in Hanham, Kingswood and Soudwell during the early hours of Friday February 10. 

Between 2am and 4.30am thieves broke into a house in Yew Tree Drive, Soundwell, and stole cash and bank cards. The elderly resident discovered the break-in at 4.30am and remembered being woken by a noise at about 2am. 

Just before 3.50am officers were called to an incident in Foxcote, Kingswood, where a handbag containing cash, keys and bank cards was taken. The householder was woken by a noise but the thieves had gone when they checked downstairs. 

At 4.25am a family reported disturbing intruders in their home in Foxcote, Hanham. One of the family chased the burglars but they were lost to sight in Magpie Bottom Lane. 

Officers, including a specialist dog handler, searched the area but did not locate the suspects, who were described as a man about 5ft 10ins tall, of average build, wearing a black jacket with white piping down the sleeves and a man of average build wearing a light-coloured hooded top 

Finally, at 7.30am, there was a report of a burglary in Crown Road, Kingswood. It’s believed to have happened at some time between 11pm and 6.30am when a neighbour spotted the front door ajar and pulled it shut. The thieves stole a Canon camera, a Playstation, an iPad and a handbag containing cash and other items. 

Neighbourhood inspector Clive Summerill said: “Some types of door handles – known as paddle or stub handles – click when lifted and many people think this means the door is secure, but it isn’t. You need to turn the key to make sure, otherwise a thief can force the door. 

“It’s also important to remove your keys from the lock, to prevent burglars from hooking them out - but keep them in an easily accessible place out of sight of the door or windows.” 

As part of their investigations, police carried out house-to-house enquiries and forensic examinations of the properties and are appealing for anyone with information about the break-ins to get in touch. 

If you have any information which could help, contact officers online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or call the force on 101, quoting reference 5217030280. 

Police advise calling 999 if a crime is in progress, otherwise you should ring 101.