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Residents urged to help beat the burglar

'Help beat the burglar' is the latest message from West Mercia Police as the force continues to crack down on car key burglars across Shropshire.


In the past month there have been four burglaries in Telford where burglars have broken into someone's home with the sole purpose of stealing the car keys.

Now, police are seeing homes in other areas of the county targeted with burglars taking keys to high value vehicles.

Crime prevention can help play a crucial part in preventing the burglars in the first instance and police want to remind homeowners of the simple steps they can take.

Shropshire Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector, Sarah Corteen, said: "Being broken into is absolutely devastating and can have a long lasting impact on victims, when someone has unfortunately been a victim we make sure this is followed up with advice and support.

"Crime prevention can play a vital role in helping preventing burglars in the first place, making a home unattractive to potential thieves can often make a real difference.

"There are obvious crime prevention measures people can take including installing CCTV, burglar alarms and outside lighting but the most important thing homeowners can do is make sure they lock front and back doors, even if they are in the house and particularly overnight.

"Hiding items such as mobile phones, car keys, wallets and purses, out of view from windows and doors is also advisable. Making it difficult for a burglar to find the items they are looking for will help deter any opportunist thieves."

Police are also aware thieves are taking advantage of keyless vehicles using technology to override the locking systems.

Ch Insp Corteen added: "There are specialist pouches available that you can store key fobs in for keyless vehicles that help prevent it from being overridden by the technology some thieves are using, alternatively storing the fob in a metal tin could have a similar effect."

We Don't Buy Crime is West Mercia Police's response to tackling serious acquisitive crime, which includes crimes such as burglary and theft. The initiative, supported by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, utilises a range of overt and covert tactics to help take the value out of acquisitive crime.

Commissioner John Campion said: "Burglary has more than just a financial impact on victims, so it is a priority for me and West Mercia Police. I have invested in specialist resources for the force to tackle burglary in the most effective way however, as a community, we all have our part to play in preventing this type of crime from happening."


ISSUED 11am 110419 EH

Published 11/04/19