Warning Over 2 in 1 Burglaries

 Cleveland Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant following a rise in 2 in 1 burglaries.

Since 1st September 2018, 20 houses have been targeted in attempted burglaries and burglaries resulting in vehicles being stolen.

The incidents have occurred mainly in Eaglescliffe but also in Billingham, Norton, and Normanby.

So far, BMWs, Audi’s, Volkswagen Golfs and Mercedes have being stolen.

Officers are doing their upmost to trace those responsible and are asking members of the public for their assistance by following the below advice:

•Check your insurance documents for any specific security requirements or upgrades.
•Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
•Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.
•Lock all windows and doors.  Remembering to double lock UPVC doors. Too many burglaries are caused through unlocked doors and windows.
•Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox). Store your car keys upstairs overnight.
•Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden which could assist offenders; lock them away in your shed.
•Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.
•Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.
•Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with www.immobilise.com
•Make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied.
•Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property, especially when away from the property.
•Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
•Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

Thank you for your support in fighting crime.

If you have something to report please contact Cleveland Police on 101.