Police are reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this winter to protect their homes against burglars.

The timely reminder comes following a number of recent burglaries across Stafford.

Between 12am and 10.15pm on Tuesday 29 December five burglaries were reported in Holmecroft Road, Kingsley Road, First Avenue and Churchill Way.

The offenders gained entry to the properties by forcing windows and via insecure patio doors and stole small portable items including cash, jewellery and electrical items.

Officers are carrying out investigations into each incident and working to establish if they are linked.

As part of their inquiries officers have arrested a 30-year-old man from Stafford. He was questioned on suspicion of burglary and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

30-year-old man from Stafford. He was questioned on suspicion of burglary and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

Inspector Mark Joynson, of Stafford Borough Local Policing Team, said: “We are urging residents to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us immediately.

“If you have any information on these burglaries please contact us on 101, quoting incident number 102 of December 29.

Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online report form at Details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.”

To keep burglars at bay:

  • secure passageways and side entrances, make sure sheds and garages are fitted with proper security locks, and put tools away so they can’t be used to break in to your home
  • if you have to leave ladders outside, make sure they’re on their side and securely fixed to a wall or permanent fixture
  • keep wheelie bins secure and away from your property to stop thieves using them to get through first floor windows, or setting fire to them
  • when darkness falls close curtains and blinds to stop would-be intruders window shopping
  • mark items with your postcode and house number using an invisible pen available from DIY stores. This makes stolen property easier to identify
  • ensure valuable items, including Christmas presents and cards containing cash gifts are not left in plain view and keep them away from windows and doors
  • fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to all windows
  • keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes – NEVER leave your car running while it’s defrosting
  • keep garages and sheds secure
  • fit low cost security lighting as a deterrent.

To report a crime in progress dial 999. To report a crime anonymously ring the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.