Police security advice after spate of Camberley burglaries
By mattcollison | Thursday, October 18, 2012, 14:17
SMASH and grab thieves targeted Camberley homes causing thousands of pounds of damage to properties.
Police have warned residents in the Old Portsmouth Road area of Camberley to be vigilant following break-ins.
Jewellery and cash were stolen in the raids on homes in Old Portsmouth Road between 4pm on Friday (October 12) and 5.45pm on Sunday (October 13).
Burglars smashed through doors and windows at the rear of the homes to grab the valuables before fleeing, leaving a £4,000 clean-up bill.
The desperate crooks even smashed open a piggy bank at one property.
Surrey Heath's crime reduction advisor John Eldridge: "It would seem that there is a pattern emerging in the Camberley area in which there is some determination by thieves to smash their way in and snatch small items.
"They are concentrating their efforts on grabbing cash and goods which can be easily concealed and transported out of a property."
Police have appealed to residents to ensure they have adequate security measures in place to prevent further thefts.
Mr Eldridge continued: "Whilst it is not possible to put everything out of sight I would definitely urge people to put jewellery, cash, car keys, bags and small electrical items out of sight and to lock any high value or sentimental items securely away."
Anyone who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously around the area over the weekend is asked to call Surrey Police on 101.