A local resident asked us to share this information as it may help to prevent a future break-in.
On Thursday night I disturbed an attempted break in on my garage at Prunus Cottage. A group coming down from Gloucestershire have been breaking into sheds, garages and outbuildings recently look for power tools in particular. They are believed to have been scoping out opportunities roughly a week in advance of the break in. They are walking past properties and if empty or quiet they are going to the rear of them to scope out potential hits. Several cars have been noted, a white estate vehicle believed to be relatively new, a black saxo and a flat bed lorry with orange lights on top. They are believed to be changing these around though. They are committing the break ins generally between the hours of 10:30pm and 1am parking their vehicles boldly on main roads, but quite often in leafy or hedged areas. Again in my particular incident they were believed to have parked near Swan Close. They generally gain access through the back entrances in particularly dark areas. To gain access to my property they went through a garden in Swan Close and along a dry stone wall that backs on to two properties next to me. One crew is breaking in and stealing the goods and then dumping them in hedge rows leaving another group to collect the stolen goods. They are not believed to be house breaking just outbuildings searching for particular goods. Please make sure you cover any windows in your garages with a curtain or bin liners so they cannot see what is in there, make sure they are locked securely. If you have any power tools take note of their serial numbers and photograph if possible, this way if they are recovered they can be returned to you. Another recommendation is to mark all your goods with a new product called smart water. This works in a similar way to a micro chip in an animal. It carries a unique number which is registered to you and is hard to trace to the naked eye. The CSI that attended the scene recommended bolting gates and adding carpet grippers to the tops of high fences. Make sure any gaps between properties are filled with something like trellising. I don’t want to scare monger but if we can work together as a village and report any suspicious people or movements we can hopefully bring a halt to these incidents which are unsettling and distressful to the occupants.