Police warn Bridlington residents after second sneak in burglary

POLICE are appealing for information following a sneak in burglary at a house on Lamplugh Road in Bridlington on Monday 18 March 2013.

Between 6.45pm and 7.45pm on Monday March 18, it is believed an intruder entered the kitchen of the property via an unlocked back door.

The resident did not hear anything but on entering the kitchen realized that a purple Radley handbag with a pink leather dog and pink flowers on it was missing.

A brand new bottle of Obsession perfume was also stolen along with the contents of the handbag which included a bright pink purse, a pair of Jade earrings, a selection of cosmetics, a navy blue Regatta jacket and other personal effects.

This comes after a property on Queensgate was also targeted by sneak in burglars last week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Humberside Police on the non emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number 1963512 or Crimestopers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Remember that opportunist burglaries can be avoided by taking some sensible simple security precautions:

Always keep your front and back doors locked.

Keep window closed and locked in unoccupied rooms.

Fit secure quality locks to all doors, preferably to the latest BS standard and a minimum of 5 levers. Fit a door chain or bar to the visitor entrance.

Fit visible window locks to all ground floor windows and those on the first floor, which are accessible from a low roof or similar structure. Never leave keys in locks, but make sure they can be accessed if that is your planned fire escape.

Keep valuables out of sight where possible as they may act as a lure to burglars. Net curtains and blinds restrict what can be seen from outside.

Ensure that handbags, wallets, mobile phones and car keys are kept safely hidden from an intruder at night. Some thieves purposely enter houses to take car keys in order to steal cars sat on the driveway.

Visible burglar alarms make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.

Never leave spare keys in a hiding place such as under a doormat, in a flowerpot or inside the letterbox.

Make sure you have your postcode and house number marked on your property with UV marker pens or similar marking products. Consider displaying a window sticker warning all property is marked.

Record serial numbers, makes and model numbers of all items on www.immobilise.com.

When on holiday or when your home is unoccupied, use timer switches to turn on lights and radios to give the impression that you are home. If you have a trusted neighbour or friend, get them to open and close the curtains, remove junk mail and even park a car on your drive.

Be aware of fire risks and make a fire plan. This may be a means of escape or a suitable refuge from where you can summon help. Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted on every level and check them once a week.

Be alert to strangers loitering in residential streets; if in doubt call the police on 101 or in an emergency 999.