Call for security to be stepped up to prevent village crime

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More still needs to be done to make life harder for burglars looking to steal from homes, cars and sheds.

That is the view of Sudbury Police Inspector Paul Crick following a two-day initiative to highlight at-risk properties.

Officers visited more than 90 properties in Lavenham and Long Melford last week on the look-out for unlocked doors, open windows and keys left in locks.

“The aim of this initiative is to try to prevent crime and, by taking simple steps, residents can vastly reduce their chances of becoming a victim,” said Insp Crick.

In Lavenham, among the 40 homes visited, officers found keys to a house left in an unlocked utility room, fishing equipment left in an open shed and keys clearly visible in the inside lock of a back door.

The following day in Long Melford, police went to 52 homes and found windows had been left open at a number of properties when no-one was home, as well as unlocked garden gates leading to outbuildings.

On both days, officers were joined by Badsey the wolf – a character the force uses to draw attention to the threat of burglaries.

Insp Crick said residents needed to be more aware of how to keep their homes safe.

“We will continue to do all we can to encourage people to increase the safety of their property and feel that going out and about with Badsey is an innovative way to highlight the ease at which buildings can be exploited by thieves,” he said.

Residents were given advice and security packs on how to prevent burglaries.