Police issue home safety advice after burglary at Northfield home of elderly couple

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West Midlands Police have issued home safety advice after an elderly couple were burgled while they were in bed.

The burglary happened at around 2.20am on Tuesday (31st July) at a home in Wychall Road, Northfield.

A reader, who knows the couple, said that the lady awake to find a man in her bedroom. When she shouted, the man quickly left, stealing a quantity of cash.

Police believe that the man entered the property through an open window.

A police spokesman said that CCTV is being examined and asked anyone with information to call 101 quoting crime reference number 20BW/173074L/18.


Here are a few tips from West Midlands Police to keep in mind to help keep your home safe:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden.
  • Hide all keys out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm
  • Install good outside lighting and improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition and lock side gates to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

 

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