West Midlands and West Marcia police forces have issued advice to homeowners following an increase in burglaries, or attempted break-ins, in the Frankley and Rubery area over the last two weeks.
Homes have been targeted in Kineton Road, Waseley Road, Callowbrook Lane and Leasowe Road in Rubery, as well as several in Frankley, including addresses in Windsor Close and Gannow Manor Gardens.
Last week, Detective Constable Mark Lazenby from West Mercia Police said of the Rubery incidents: “It is not known whether these incidents are linked, but we are pursuing all lines of enquiry. We would urge people to be extra vigilant to ensure their homes are secure, particularly at night.”
And DC Lazenby urged anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area between 7pm on Tuesday 26th August and 7am on Wednesday 27th to get in touch with West Mercia Police by calling 101.
Longbridge neighbourhood Sergeant Robin O’Brien, of West Midlands Police, today confirmed a rise in burglaries in the Frankley area – with 18 burglaries reported across the ward in August, compared to 10 in the same month last year.
Sgt O’Brien said: “More important than an increase in the stats themselves though is the fact that eight more people or families have had to deal with the loss and distress caused by a burglary. So officers are working to ensure that we can restore the success we’ve seen in tackling burglary.
“A big part of this will be an offender management approach where officers will work with partners including probation and drug/alcohol treatment services to allow us tackle the causes of offending behaviour while also enforcing the sanctions for those who don’t comply.” he said.
And, with darker night on the way, Sgt O’Brien offered basic advice to homeowners on keeping their property safe.
“Burglars look for quick win opportunities; they don’t want to run the risk of a confrontation so simply leaving a light on, or using timer switches to operate them to give the impression someone’s at home, is often enough to deter them.
“Even something as simple as checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house will make a big difference.” he added.
If you have any information about any of these incidents, please call West Mercia or West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111