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


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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