Bodmin hit by burglary crime wave
BODMIN is seeing an upsurge in burglaries with ten committed last week alone.
Police are now urging residents to be extra vigilant after the spate of house and outbuilding break-ins.
West Heath Road has been one area that has been targeted with five burglaries in recent weeks, and one resident had his garage broken into twice in as many days.
Last week, two dwelling and eight non-dwelling burglaries were committed in the town.
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Last Thursday, a thief burgled a house in Wallace Road in broad daylight, and stole a dark grey Samsung laptop, a black Toshiba laptop and a white Xbox games console between 2pm and 3pm.
Acting Inspector James Honeywell said there had been a high number of offences where garden sheds and garages are being targeted.
"Offenders are forcing padlocks and in some cases removing the hinges of doors to gain access," he said.
"Thieves are specifically targeting power tools and garden machinery. In some cases significant amounts of property are being stolen which tends to suggest they have access to a vehicle.
"I would urge everyone to be on their guard and to review the security of their homes, garages and sheds.
"They should consider investing in security lighting and protectively marking their property and ensure that all buildings are locked and where possible, move high-value items into a more secure area of your home.
"Those responsible are clearly selling the stolen property to obtain cash. So I would again ask that people be observant and make a note of anyone seen trying to sell power tools, garden machinery or anything else," he added.
Police say they executed a warrant and arrested two men in connection with burglaries last month. They seized a large quantity of stolen garden machinery and power tools, and one of the men was charged with four burglaries.
"Most of the stolen property was reunited with the rightful owners and this was a real success for us, but unfortunately the burglaries continue," said Mr Honeywell.
Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101 and leave a message for Detective Constable Ian Jolliff at Bodmin CID.