Lincolnshire Police are offering a £100 reward for information that can help them charge any individuals in connection with a series of burglaries in Grantham.
Since the beginning of November three burglaries have taken place at homes in the Barrowbygate and Barrowby area. These offences have taken place at dusk; generally between around 4pm and 6pm. Offenders have gained entry by forcing or smashing a window.
In the same time period, a total of 17 other offences have happened where bikes and garden ornaments were stolen from sheds and gardens at the top end of the Earlesfield Estate, running into Barrowbygate via Valley Road.
Since the middle of November another series of burglaries has taken place on the Bridge End Rd and Houghton Rd area of Grantham. Again, sheds and also garages were targeted and bikes and power tools stolen.
A number of enquiries are being carried out in connection with each of these offences, and Lincolnshire Police are offering a £100 reward as an incentive to anyone who may have any information that could lead to charges involved with this enquiry.
Inspector Gary Stewart, of community policing in Grantham, said: “Quite simply, we need people to talk to us. Someone out there knows who is responsible for these burglaries and we believe that offering a reward may act as an incentive to aid the investigation.
“If you do know who is carrying out these offences and are in two minds about whether or not to contact us, please think of the victims. Those individuals who are being burgled, who are going through the upset, worry, and inconvenience of dealing with the aftermath.
“Would you like this to happen at your home? I suspect not. So please pick up the phone and give us that vital information. As much detail as you can give us about that suspicious person or people will really help. ”
Officers also want to remind people to be vigilant around security in relation to sheds and outbuildings. Here are some simple tips to help make your property less vulnerable to an opportunist thief:
* Put your shed somewhere it can be seen. Don’t hide it at the bottom of your garden.
* Illuminate the area around your shed using dusk till dawn lighting if possible.
* Keep it well maintained.
* Use good quality security hasp and staples that hide the fixings when closed. Use two (one fitted 1/3 up and one fitted 1/3 down the door).
* Use good quality closed shackle padlocks to reduce the risk or them being bolt cropped (go to www.soldsecure.com for further information on security tested products).
* Use coach bolts to secure external hinges and hinge bolts (dog bolts) to help prevent the door from being prized open on the hinge side.
* Consider fitting bars to windows. You can install a piece of ply board to the inside (using coach bolts to fix it through the shed frame), but if you have your tools clearly secured, it might be better to let a thief see in!
* Consider fitting a shed alarm. These are stand-alone devices designed to disrupt a thief. DO NOT rely on such devices to protect your shed and its contents alone! They might also be set off by insects and rodents in your shed! We recommend using them only as an addition to the other measures.
* Consider integrating your shed into your home alarm system, especially if you have valuable items in it. If doing this, use door contact sensors and check your glass is secure before installing break glass sensors.
And if you have any information in relation to the series of burglaries, contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting Operation Bakelite. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.