Residents urged to lock windows and doors
Police in Colchester are again warning residents to take care
over home security, after several insecure properties were broken
into in the district.
Ds Gavin Watson, from Colchester CID, said he was amazed that
residents still left windows and doors unlocked and urged residents
to take care.
The warning comes after six insecure houses, on Colchester’s
Greenstead estate and West Mersea, were broken into between
September 27 and October 10. Officers believe the suspects entered
the houses using unlocked doors or windows.
Four people – three boys aged 15, 16 and 17, as well as a
21-year-old man – were arrested on suspicion of burglary on
Thursday, October 21, following a burglary and an attempted
burglary in West Mersea.
carefully about the security of your home at all times.
Ds Gavin Watson
A 21-year-old man from Maldon and a 16-year-old boy have been
charged with burglary at a house in Firs Chase, West Mersea, which
occurred on October 4. They appeared at Colchester Magistrates’
Court on Saturday, October 23. The 16-year-old boy was released
into the care of the Local Authority and will appear at Harwich
Youth Court on Wednesday, October 27. The 21-year-old man was
remanded in custody and will appear at Harwich Magistrates’ court
on Friday, October 29.
All four have been released on bail to November 12 in relation
to an attempted burglary in Grove Avenue, West Mersea.
Ds Watson said: “Even though the weather is getting colder, we
are still getting burglaries reported to us where windows or doors
have been left open.
mindful to keep windows secure and consider installing a
burglar alarm if you don't already have one.
Ds Gavin Watson
“We have seen a trend emerging involving student properties,
where laptops and other electrical items have been stolen after
windows have been left open or unlocked. This obviously results in
a substantial financial loss, but essays and coursework stored on
the computer are often lost for good too.
“Please think carefully about the security of your home at all
times, and remember to lock up when you leave or go to bed,”
continued Ds Watson.
“Be especially mindful to keep windows secure when you are
elsewhere in the house and consider installing a burglar alarm if
you don’t have one already.”
For more information on home security, contact Colin Stiff,
Colchester’s Crime Reduction Officer, on 01206 717624.