Hi-tech valuables stolen in burglaries
PUBLISHED: 17:32 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009
FOURTEEN Hatfield homes in the last two weeks have been broken into by burglars forcing open UPVC doors which have not been double locked. Treasured items including Nintendo Wii games consoles, laptops, televisions, guitars, iPods, digital cameras, mobile
FOURTEEN Hatfield homes in the last two weeks have been broken into by burglars forcing open UPVC doors which have not been double locked.
Treasured items including Nintendo Wii games consoles, laptops, televisions, guitars, iPods, digital cameras, mobile phones and gold rings have all been looted.
And on many of these occasions, residents were asleep upstairs while their homes were raided.
Detective inspector Mike Marren, investigating the spate of break-ins, warned residents to take extra care when locking up, adding that simply lifting the door handle did not double-lock the door.
"If in doubt, contact the manufacturers for more information," he said.
"This applies when you leave the house or when you lock up for the night before you go to bed.
"We believe that a burglar is able to tell from moving the handle on the outside whether the door has been key locked or not.
"Those which are key locked present a much more difficult entry and the burglar is deterred."
He added: "Store the door key away from the front door so that it's impossible for a burglar to put an implement through the letter box to access it - but ensure everybody is aware of where the key is kept to allow an easy escape in the event of a fire."
The homes targeted and items stolen were:
Between 8.30pm on March 14 and 12.10am on March 15 in Haseldine Meadows: A driving licence, a black and silver Toshiba laptop, an iPod Nano, a silver Kodak digital camera, and a Nintendo Wii games console.
Overnight March 15/16 in Crop Common: vanity case, tobacco and a silver ornament.
Between 8pm and 10.45pm on March 17 in Meadow Croft: Sanyo television, a Nintendo Wii console, games and accessories.
Between 4am and 9am on March 19 at an unspecified address: Peavey 'Grind' pewter-coloured guitar inside a Ritter soft case which also contained a black Viper guitar lead, a Korg tuner, a set of spare guitar strings and two music books.
Between 6pm on March 21 and 3pm on March 22 in Bishops Rise: A HP laptop.
Between 8.30pm and 10.30pm on March 22 in Chelwood Avenue: A Dell laptop.
Between 3pm on March 22 and 6.30pm on March 23 in Rowan Walk: A HP laptop, a purse containing cash, cards and bank book, a black North Face rucksack and a pair of white and orange Asics trainers.
Between 3pm on March 24 and 7pm on March 25 in High Dells: A Toshiba laptop and an Acer laptop.
Between 2am and 8am on March 26 in Aldykes: Black leather handbag containing bank cards.
Between 2am and 9am on March 26 in Holliers Way: Black fabric wallet containing cash and cards, an LG mobile phone, a Nintendo DS and games, a Sony Ericsson phone, a gold signet ring with a Taurus bull on the front and an eagle on each side, a Fitness First sports bag, a Nintendo Wii games console and controller, a silver iPod Nano, a computer hard drive and a JVC video camcorder.
Between 11pm on March 27 and 6.50am on March 28 in Lamb Close: Silver Kodak Advantix camera, a camera case and a pair of black Playboy gloves with a pink motif.
Between 1.20am and 7.30am on March 28 in High Dells: Two sets of keys, a Motorola mobile phone and charger.
Between 11pm on March 28 and 6am on March 29 in Breaks Road: Compaq laptop and laptop case.
Between 11.30pm on March 29 and 5.30am on March 30 in Wood Vale: Brown leather wallet containing cards and a driving licence.
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