Residents urged to be vigilant as a spate of burglaries continues.
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We are investigating a number of burglaries that have taken place in Penarth, Sully and Wenvoe, where car keys and cars have been stolen. More than 20 homes, including some in Cardiff, have been targeted in the last two weeks and it is believed the same individual or individuals are responsible. They are gaining quick entry through unlocked doors during the evening and night-time and making off with whatever is nearby – generally car keys and then the owner’s car. In the Vale of Glamorgan, PCSOs have been visiting homes with crime prevention advice.
Inspector Stuart McDean, based at Penarth Police Station, said: “While delivering crime prevention leaflets in Penarth, PCSOs have been checking for insecure premises and have come across a number of unlocked front doors with car keys left on the side, in easy reach. “The occupiers were informed and grateful for the advice. Over the coming days officers from different departments including neighbourhood policing and roads policing will continue with both high-visibility and plain-clothed patrols to prevent further burglaries.”
Please make sure doors are locked and car keys are well hidden.
Detective Inspector Grant Wilson, who is leading the investigation into the burglaries, said: “Enquiries are ongoing to identify and locate those responsible for these recent burglaries, but in the meantime I’d like to stress to residents just how important it is that their belongings, particularly car keys, are stored safely – even while in their own home.”
Advice to protect your property: Keep doors locked, even if you're home Keep vehicle keys and valuables out of sight If you have CCTV, ensure that it is turned on and recording If you have an external light, ensure that it is working
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