Warning issued after opportunist thieves target homes in Ellesmere Port.
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Officers in Ellesmere Port are urging residents to keep their windows and doors secure after a small increase in the number of burglaries in the town.
Over the past two weeks officers have dealt with a number of burglaries in the area where offenders have gained entry via open windows and doors.
The most recent incident occurred at around 3am today, Tuesday 7 September, when an unknown offender climbed into a home on Red Lion Lane via a living room window.
They then took the homeowners wallets and purses before stealing their dark Grey Kia Sportage which was parked on the driveway outside the address.
Detective Sergeant Graeme Carvell, of Ellesmere Port CID, said: “Enquiries in relation to these incidents are in the early stages and we’re committed to doing all we can to trace the people responsible.
“While our investigation remains ongoing, I would urge you to play your part by ensuring that you keep your home secure at all times.
“Opportunist thieves are always on the lookout for potential targets, so by following our simple advice you can reduce your chances of falling victim.”
Residents are advised to follow the following advice:
Make sure that all windows are closed and locked, even when you are at home or in the garden.
Use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked.
Keep all valuables out of the line of sight of prying eyes. Never put car keys or purses on window sills or in view of a window or door.
Always avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your house.
Make sure that your vehicle is locked whenever you are not in it and that you have not left any doors, windows or the sunroof open.
Lock gates to deter offenders getting to the rear of your property. Where feasible install CCTV.
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident on Red Lion Lane is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 101, or at www.cheshire.police.uk/tua, quoting IML1079011.
Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously .