Burglars hit street four times

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DETECTIVES have appealed for help and issued a security warning after a spate of burglaries all in the same Wigan street.

A total of four houses on Kinlet Drive in Highfield were targeted between 11pm on Sunday, July 8 and 6am on Monday, July 9 and among the items taken were: a Whitnauer gold and silver band watch, a camcorder, sat nav and mobile phones.

Officers are not only appealing for witnesses but also to anyone who may have been offered any such items for sale.

PC Lynsey Watson from the Volume Crime Team said: “I would ask anyone who may have been offered these or other items under suspicious circumstances to contact police as soon as possible.

“I would also urge those who witnessed the burglaries or people acting in a suspicious manner holding a yellow and black screwdriver to phone police.”

Police have also issued guidelines on minimising the risk of falling prey to thieves and burglars.

A spokesman said: “It always pays to keep doors and windows locked, even when you are at home.

“The temptation would be greater to leave windows insecure if the weather were warmer but even then it is better to have a hot house than a burgled one.

“Invest in security lights because burglars like working under the cover of darkness. Also keep an eye-out for the homes around you. A Neighbourhood Watch scheme would be a real security asset.

“We would also advise people not to keep valuables on show in their cars, nor to leave vehicle keys in visible or obvious places such as on a hook or table near the front or back doors.

“This can lead to a thief using a hook and cane to grab the key, perhaps through the letterbox, and drive off without the need to break into the car.”

Anyone with details about the Kinlet Drive raids should ring police on 0161 856 5308 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.