Police are urging people in Billericay to secure their doors properly after five burglaries were reported in one area.
All of the burglaries, which are believed to be linked, are thought to have happened between 10.20pm on Sunday, June 19, 2011 and 7am the next day.
In all five incidents, the front door was forced to gain entry.
- In Foxhunter Walk, Billericay, a suspect stole an estimated £615 worth of items, including a handbag, £20 cash, a camera, sunglasses and a mobile phone. Some of these items were later recovered in Glencree, Billericay.
- In Hollyford, Billericay, a suspect stole a mobile phone, worth an estimated £200.
- In Bridleway, Billericay, two burglaries were reported. In the first, a search was made but nothing was stolen. In the second, £70 cash was stolen.
- In Norsey View Drive, Billericay, a suspect caused £10 damage to the door before stealing an estimated £340 worth of items, including a bag, a phone and glasses.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Insp Richard Sage, of the Billericay neighbourhood policing team"]Our Basildon CID target team is fully investigating these crimes, which we believe may have been committed by the same suspects. It would help our investigation if anyone with private CCTV in the area would contact us, as their CCTV may show the suspects in the area, and this could hold vital clues to our investigation. Every single burglary has seen the door forced by the suspect, this is not easily done if you have an uPVC door and lock it with the key after pulling the handle up. Many people think by closing the door, lifting the handle and leaving the door that it is fully secured, but in reality, if you don’t then lock it with a key and remove the key, the deadbolts can be deactivated from the other side, and it is relatively easy to jemmy open the door.[/quote]
He also said, "I urge all residents to use the key method to lessen their chances of going through such a traumatic crime as burglary.”
If you live in this area and own private CCTV, please call the Billericay neighbourhood policing team on their beat mobile on 07969 365610.
If you have any information about any of the burglaries, please contact investigating officer Pc Kelly Scott at the Basildon CID target team on 0300 333 4444 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.