Police are warning residents in Stroud about a series of burglaries in the district that began last week and appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Houses in Cashes Green, Stonehouse and Ebley have been targeted and officers are reminding the public to be extra vigilant when seeing suspicious activity.
These burglaries have all happened in the early evening when the home is unoccupied. Entry has been forced to the homes, with some having windows broken to gain entry.
A number of properties had jewellery and cash stolen.
Investigating officers are asking the public to report anyone acting suspicious around properties.
Some precautions can help try and prevent you from being a victim of burglary.
- Leaving a light on in the house or getting a timed socket for the light to come on.
- Adequate security lighting around the home.
- CCTV or video doorbells.
- Strong and secure locks on doors and windows. Making sure you include gates leading to the rear of your property.
- Defensive planting (thorns, bushes) can prevent casual intrusion.
- Mark all valuable property with either an Ultra-Violet pen or a forensic marking kit. Make sure you mark all valuable property in the house and the shed/outbuildings.
- Use a padlock on your shed. Some burglars take advantage of your shed being unlocked. Especially if you leave a lot of expensive garden equipment in there. You can also consider a shed alarm.
If you have seen any suspicious activity in Cashes Green, Stonehouse and Ebley you can report it to police online here referencing incident number 195 of 23 February:https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
For more crime prevention advice click here: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/police-forces/gloucestershire-constabulary/areas/gloucestershire/campaigns/burglary/