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Gloucestershire Police urge people to protect their homes

Gloucestershire Police urge people to protect their homes

Police are telling residents in Gloucestershire to take stock of their security systems after a number of burglaries in the county.

In just four days last week, the number of household burglaries reached 27 – far higher than the yearly average of eight for such a timeframe – and between October 1st and November 26th, domestic thefts increased by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Chief inspector Richard Burge said police are concerned over the trend and are urging residents to take action.

Gloucestershire Constabulary told homeowners to install a good burglar alarm and shut all gates and windows. They also advised people to refrain from hiding spare keys under door mats and leaving empty boxes for expensive items outside with the bins, as this could entice criminals inside.

"Our intelligence unit is continuing work to establish any links or patterns between the offences and if there are any offenders with similar MOs," added chief inspector Burge.

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