Burglary in Ducks Meadow - Police appeal for information
Police in Marlborough are appealing for information following a burglary and attempted burglaries in the town.
Overnight between Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April, a house in Ducks Meadow was broken into via the patio doors, and a quantity of cash from a purse was stolen, as well as cigarettes.
The owner of the house was asleep upstairs at the time - it is believed the offender did not go upstairs.
During the same time period, offenders attempted to gain entry to a property in George Lane, by putting their hand through a cat flap and taking a key from inside the door. They did not gain entry to the house.
As well as this, an attempt was made to gain entry into another house in Ducks Meadow by using a tool to open the door. No entry was gained.
PC Rich Barratt said: "I would like to reassure residents that reports of this nature are taken very seriously and we are in the process of carrying out a thorough investigation.
"I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously in George Lane or Ducks Meadow between the afternoon of Friday 28 April to approximately 7am on Saturday 29 April.
"Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred."
To improve the security in and around your home we are asking householders to remember the following advice:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when just in the garden. And make sure you have approved locks or bolts to all doors and windows
- Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like in a plant pot or letter box- a thief knows all the hiding places
- Keep all keys, purses and wallets out of sight and away from the letterbox
- Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB
- Do not open the door to anyone you don’t know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window
- Make sure that you have up to date contents insurance
- Register all serial numbers from electrical items, tools and garden equipment with Immobilise.com the free national property register. Mark items without serial numbers with an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA
- Do not keep large amounts of cash at home- it is much safer in a bank or building society
- Trim back any plants and hedges at the front of your property to no higher than one metre to remove hiding places
- Always report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel
- Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home
- Take photographs of all jewellery including hallmarks and keep them safe. Also consider using an artificial DNA property marker on jewellery or other valuable items
- Make sure any bolts are low enough so they cannot be opened by reaching over the top of the gate.