Opportunist thieves targeting one home per day in Wolverhampton
March 9, 2013, 4:12 pm
Burglars are getting into an average of one home per day in Wolverhampton as a direct result of doors and windows being left open.
Statistics from the start of February have highlighted a worrying trend in the city with a spike in so-called ‘opportunistic offences.
It has prompted a warning from Wolverhampton Police to residents to ensure doors and windows are kept closed and locked, particularly as the nights start to get lighter.
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Figures show that areas being targeted include Whitmore Reans, Wednesfield, Heath Town, Bilston and Goldthorn.
Sergeant Becky Barnsley, from Wolverhampton Police, said: “The burglaries have been taking place during the day and night, with access being gained through both front and rear doors and windows.
“Offenders have also been using insecure ladders to climb on to flat roofs in order to gain access to open windows.
“Criminals want an easy ride, so are constantly on the lookout for soft targets, which is why its so important to keep your doors, windows and ladders secure at all times.”
Officers are working to identify possible offenders and have stepped up patrols in known hotspots.
For advice on home security visit www.safer-homes.org or watch a video on how to ‘Protect your home in 90 seconds on the forces YouTube channel.
The number of burglaries in Wolverhampton is down 13 per cent so far this year compared to the same period the year before, which equates to 172 fewer victims.