Empty homes burgled in half-term raids

Police investigate series of house break-ins in Braunton.

HOUSEHOLDERS in the Braunton area are warned to be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously in residential streets following a spate of burglaries in the past week.

Five burglaries have taken place between October 25 and Monday this week.

Four of them have been at residential properties where the owners have been away at the time and police are concerned that those responsible may be specially targeting properties they have previously identified as unoccupied.

Items taken from the properties have been mainly small jewellery items, with bigger goods such as televisions left behind.

A garage premises has also been entered.

DC Glyn Clark said these offences had taken place during the school half-term holidays, when some people were away from their homes.

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It was possible that that the perpetrators had been looking around the area and identifying unoccupied properties before carrying out the offences, he said.

With this in mind, police are appealing for anyone who has seen anything suspicious, including people calling door to door or looking at properties in residential areas on the outskirts of Homer Road and the outskirts of Lower Park Road.

DC Clark said they would also like to hear from anyone who might have been calling door to door for legitimate reasons as they may have vital witness information.

He advised householders to ensure they take security measures to protect their homes. From leaving lights on to fitting security lights and alarms – at the back of homes as well as at the front.

Anyone who might have information about unusual activity in residential streets or people attempting to sell items should contact the police via the non-emergency number 101, quoting the crime number CN12 440.

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