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High alert after spate of burglaries in Babergh district

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Police are warning residents after a series of burglaries of sheds and outbuildings in the Babergh area over the past two weeks.

There have been numerous burglaries in Elmsett, Higham, Bildeston, Lower Layham and Washbrook, which police believe may be linked.

Between 7pm on Saturday, January 23, and 2pm on Saturday, January 30, in Hadleigh Road in Elmsett, a shed was broken into with a chainsaw stolen.

Also in Hadleigh Road, from Wednesday, January 27 to 8am on Thursday, January 28, an offender has broken into an outbuilding, but nothing was stolen from within.

In Fen View, Washbrook, an unsecured shed was entered and a boxed 65-inch television was stolen between 8pm on Monday, January 25 and 5pm January 26.

There were also two incidents in Lower Street, Higham.

Between 4pm on Tuesday, January 26 and 7.30am on Thursday, January 28, entry was gained to two garages, with a chainsaw, leaf blower, drill and Ridley racing bike stolen from within.

On Wednesday, January 27, a shed door, garage windows and garden furniture were also damaged at a property in Lower Street.

Between 5pm on Saturday, January 30, and 8.30am on Sunday, January 31, an outbuilding was forced open but nothing stolen from a property in High Street, Bildeston,

A garage was forced open but nothing was stolen from a property in The Street, Lower Layham between 6pm on Tuesday, February 2, and 8am Wednesday, February 3 .

Also believed to be linked to these incidents is the burglary of a business premises in Ipswich Road, Bildeston between 5.45pm and 6.15pm on Friday, January 29.

The premises were broken into and two offenders were seen to get out of a Black Volvo estate.

The two individuals broke into the site, and then an outbuilding, stealing a cement mixer, lawnmower, petrol strimmer and a diesel can.

Babergh Local Policing Commander, Inspector Danny Cooper said: “After this series we are encouraging local residents to remain vigilant and to consider the level of security on their outbuildings. Officers will increase patrols in areas that may be vulnerable to this type of crime.

“We are also appealing for anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area recently to call police on 101.”

Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents or has any information is asked to contact Babergh East or Babergh West Safer Neighbourhood Teams on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Further advice includes:

- Remember to lock your shed or garage after use.

- Secure shed doors by fitting a strong hasp and staple (also called a ‘padbar’). Secure this with coach bolts and lock the hasp over the staple with a closed shackle padlock.

- Secure shed door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws.

- Further protect your shed with a ‘shed bar’.

- Replace any rotten door or window frames.

- Replace broken glass panes or use perspex or polycarbonate as a more secure alternative for shed and garage windows. Use a window lock along with a strong grille or wire mesh. Use curtains or netting so people cannot see inside. Screw windows shut if you do not use them.

- Fit a good quality battery operated alarm to your outbuilding.

- If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system to cover your garage.

- Chain items such as bicycles, ladders and lawnmowers to a strong anchor point or to each other and use a closed shackle padlock.

- Property mark items such as drills and lawnmowers. Items can be post-coded by etching, painting and stencilling.

- Register your property at www.immobilise.com this is a free web based property registration service supported by Norfolk and Suffolk Police.

- Make sure your household insurance covers your shed or garage.

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