Don’t become soft target for thieves, warn police officers

WORD OF WARNING: Police are joined by the big bad wolf.
WORD OF WARNING: Police are joined by the big bad wolf.
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The risks faced by residents who leave outbuildings unlocked have been highlighted by police during a two-day campaign.

In an attempt to prevent potential burglaries to sheds and garages, police officers visited areas across Babergh last week and were joined by the big bad wolf.

A total of 30 properties, including 11 in Elmsett, nine in Nayland and one in Hadleigh, were found to be unlocked, with a leaflet left warning owners.

Verity Line, Babergh crime reduction officer, said items including power tools, golf clubs and a quad bike had all been found during the campaign on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The wolf costume gave a very visual element to the campaign, with residents and passers-by asking what we were doing,” she said.

“The campaign was very successful, with one resident in Nayland saying that he would be registering on Police Direct and would be using a property marking pen on all his equipment.”

Residents who were at home on the day were given a pack featuring a home security book.

“I would like to remind everyone in the area of the need to lock their outbuildings securely to ensure you do not become an easy target for opportunistic thieves,” added Mrs Line.