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Crime prevention advice issued following series of garage burglaries – Windsor and Maidenhead

Alert message sent 17/01/2017 17:07:00

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Thames Valley Police is issuing crime prevention advice to residents to ensure they are taking all precautionary measures against potential burglars targeting residential garages.

Since Monday 9 January, there have been a total of 19 overnight garage break-ins across Windsor and Maidenhead Local Policing Area (LPA). Valuable items which have been stolen include bicycles, tools, quad bikes, mowers, and £15,000 worth of fishing equipment. The offences may be linked.

Detectives believe it is possible the offenders are using a van due transport the large stolen items from the location of the thefts.

Det Insp Jason Kew, based in Local CID at Maidenhead police station, is urging residents to heed the crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website , including:
Consider parking your car close against the garage door

Use shed alarms for the garage door

Use extra locks and increase sensor lighting 

Det Insp Kew said: “We are investigating this series, and there are actions that householders can take to further reduce the risk of being burgled, and one of these is to take some simple steps to ensure their garage is as secure as it possible can be.
“I would also urge residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious in their neighbourhoods.
“If you saw anything suspicious in the areas affected, or if you have any other information that could assist with our operation, please contact police via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.
“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”
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