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Burglars strike 6 times within 11 hours at homes in Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross

| January 30, 2018

Six homes in Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross were burgled in the space of eleven hours on Saturday 27th January 2018.

The burglaries, which police believe are linked, took place between 1.00pm and midnight with a number of items stolen including war medals, a Rolex watch and jewellery.

The properties targeted were on Bull Lane, Gerrards Cross and Tunmers End, Austenwood Close, Nortoft Road, Gold Hill West and Leachcroft in Chalfont St Peter.

The offender(s) gained entry to the six properties by smashing or forcing the rear doors.

Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Elizabeth Tait from Amersham Local CID, said: ‘If you heard or saw anything suspicious in the area between 1pm and midnight on Saturday (27/1) please contact me via 101 quoting reference number 43180028200.

We believe these six burglaries are linked and are actively investigating these crimes.

I am asking local residents to be vigilant and review the security of their homes and reduce the risk of being burgled by taking some simple security measures. These include:

  • Store high value items in a hidden safe.
  • Mark your belongings and register them for free with Immobilise.
  • Fit energy efficient security lighting.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots.
  • Keep items that could be used to break into your property such as ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away.
  • Lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property.
  • Check fencing regularly to keep it in good repair.
  • Use pea shingle on driveways or under windows, as it crunches loudly when stepped on.
  • Trim overgrown hedges and plants to remove hiding places and improve surveillance.
  • Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information relating to this case to please call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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