Cheltenham residents encouraged to report suspicious activity on 999 following burglaries
POLICE in Cheltenham are encouraging residents in the Alstone, Wymans Brook, Bournisde and Arle areas to support the work officers are doing to prevent and detect burglaries by reporting suspicious activity on 999. Homes in these areas have recently been targeted by thieves who have smashed either a window or glass panel in a door to reach through and open it. When they’ve gained entry to the home jewellery, electrical items and cash have been stolen. Although there has been a 9% decrease in burglaries at homes across the Cheltenham North local policing area so far this year officers are working to disrupt criminals working in these communities and an operation is in place. As part of the operation, codenamed Operation Spa, several people have already appeared in court and many more arrests have been made. Three arrests were made just yesterday (October 1) by officers working on the operation. Inspector Roddy Gosden, who is leading Operation Spa, said: “We understand that burglaries can cause a lot of concern and worry among the community and we want to reassure them that we are being robust in our investigations to find those responsible and put them before the courts.
“In addition to our usual high visibility patrols we also have officers deployed in plain clothes. So if you don’t see an officer in full uniform, it does not mean we aren’t there. Both overt and covert patrols are being carried out 24/7. “The public can help us bring these thieves to justice by being vigilant and reporting suspicious activity to us by dialling 999. No matter how small it may seem we would much rather have information about activity that turns out to be legitimate than to miss the opportunity to prevent someone else from becoming a victim.” Home owners are also encouraged to check their home security now the evenings are getting lighter. Police suggest the following: Do: • Shut and lock windows and doors when you are out • Make your house look occupied using lights and radios on a timer and outside lighting • Shut and lock your side gate • Do make sure sheds and garages are secure Don’t: • Leave valuables on display • Leave your car keys so that they are visible or reachable from the door or window • Hide keys under your doormat or in plant pots • Forget to lock away and secure valuable items or tools that can be used to break in with • Park your wheelie bin by your side gate as it provides a handy step!• Put empty boxes for expensive items by your bin as these advertise what’s inside your house.
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