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Burglary reported Lichfield road Four Oaks

Alert message sent 10/09/2020 12:20:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Dear Citizen.
A burglary occurred in Lichfield Road between 12 noon on Thursday the 3rd of September  & 1.18pm on Tuesday the 8th of September '20.
The occupiers of the property broken into were away, the property was not occupied , and no alarm system was installed.
Between the times and dates shown  above  offenders have accessed the rear of the property.
They have then removed a glass panel from a rear double glazed window and gained entry to the kitchen.
The offenders have made an untidy search of all rooms stealing cash and jewellery.
The offenders have then made good their escape via their point of entry.
This incident again shows how offenders target the rear of a property, as they can work at gaining entry out of plain sight of others.
Please check that the rear of your property is secure, close and lock gates , check your fences.
It is worth considering installing CCTV, as well as anti-climbing measures such as Prickle Strip and Anti climbing paint. Please if installing such measures please place warning signs as directed.
The property concerned did not have an alarm system installed, it is worth considering the installation of an alarm system, many types are available some work on batteries and do not require wiring into the mains.
Searching  on line for alarm systems advice will provide many  links to information on the subject of house alarms.
An alarm system is a good deterrent, but if a house looks like no one is home this is a big attraction to thieves, so if you are away if possible ask a trusted neighbour to push any post on show fully through the letter box, or contact the post office to arrange for your post to be stored at a local office until you are ready for delivery. Visit www.royalmail.com search Keep Safe for more information.
Also use a timer to switch lights / lamps on after dark.
There are several  systems that make this possible, but you can also use simple timer switches that fit into a plug socket which allow a time to be set to turn a lamp on and off.
For more burglary prevention advice please visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk Search burglary prevention.

Message sent by
Saul Smith (Police, PCSO, Four Oaks NHT)

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