Welcome to the Police Weekly Update.
The message includes burglaries and catalytic converter thefts reported between the 28th April 2022 to 5th May 2022
NorthBetween 28/04/2022 19:00 to 29/04/2022 08:14. Garlichill Road, Epsom.
Residential Outbuilding Burglary. Method of Entry- Forced entry into the shed. Stolen: Motorbike.Between 29/04/2022 22:30 to 30/04/2022 11:00. Kingsley Avenue, Banstead. Residential Burglary resulting in a car theft. Method of Entry- The suspect has climbed over the locked side gate and gained entry through the back door to the kitchen. The occupants were elsewhere in the property. Stolen: Car Keys, Car, Handbag and wallet.
CentralBetween 27/04/2022 14:00 to 28/04/2022 12:35. Colesmead Road, Redhill. Residential Outbuilding Burglary. Method of Entry- Access has been gained to the shed and keys have been taken from the shed door. Stolen: Keys including House Keys.
No reports this week.
Catalytic Converter Thefts
There has been one reported catalytic converter theft in Lipsham close, Banstead. This was taken from a Honda Civic.
Preventing Opportunistic BurglariesBurglars target homes that they think will contain valuables. A sure giveaway is leaving packaging from expensive items outside your front doorBurglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit.Burglars are aware of the times when someone is expected to be away from their house such as during the school run or holidays Burglars typically do not want to be seen or heard and if they feel that they would be noticed by a neighbour or passer-by then they are more likely to feel exposed and may move on to find somewhere else to burgle Burglars often choose a home because they’ve spotted a specific vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle they want to steal – and the keys are more than likely to be inside the residenceSheds and garages are often vulnerable as they are not that secure and contain tools which the burglar can use to assist them to gain entry to a homeIt’s a fact that many burglars return to homes that they’ve previously burgled because the homeowner failed to upgrade security following the first burglary. They sometimes return to an area to try to burgle a nearby home that they spotted while committing a previous break in.Remember to lock/secure external doors and windows in the room(s)/areas you are not using/occupying.
Burglars are often opportunistic thieves who prey on houses and flats. They seek out any opening that they can take advantage of, specifically doors and windows that are left open or unlocked or are easy to force. Anything of value that they might spot through a window will only spur them on. But it really doesn’t take much to deter these thieves – just smart thinking.
Please remember we provide lots of advice on our website for keeping you, and your property as safe as possible: https://www.surrey.police.uk/burglary/
As always, the local Neighbourhood Team are keen to receive information on all crime spotted or believed to have occurred as this can assist with ongoing enquiries, as well as helping to pool information to build a wider understanding.
As ever if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Reigate & Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team