Posted: Thu 1st Dec 2011

Police Crackdown On Wrexham Rural Burglaries for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2011

North Wales Police has been cracking down on burglaries in rural areas of Wrexham.

The operation took part over this week and included high visibility patrols in Gwersyllt, Ponciau and Rhos following a recent spate of burglaries in the area.

Over the past week there have been a particularly large number of burglaries reported to our @wrexham Twitter by people in Gwersyllt as well as incidents of cars being vandalised.

North Wales Police said that as a result of the operation they have seen a significant drop in the number of incidents reported.

Sergeant Mark Williams said: “The operation involved a large number of officers and was undertaken with a variety of aims, one of the main aims being to provide reassurance to the community in light of a number of burglaries that have happened in the areas.”

“Another aim was to combat burglary and as a result we saw a significant drop in the number of incidents with one burglary reported over the duration of the operation.

“I want to stress to residents that our work to tackle the issue will continue and people can be assured that inquiries are continuing in relation to the burglaries that have been reported to us. We are intent on doing all we can to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Sergeant Williams also made an appeal for any information people may have about the recent burglaries, he said: “As part of this work I’m encouraging anyone who has information, however insignificant they may feel it may be, regarding burglaries that have happened in the Gwersyllt, Ponciau or Rhos areas recently to contact local officers on 101 (if in Wales) or on 0300 3300 101. Otherwise, individuals with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

North Wales Police has also issued the following tips to help people make their homes safer:

Consider installing a burglar alarm – if you have one, always set it before you go out.

Remember to lock up properly and set your alarm (if you have one) when you leave your home – even if you just pop out for a few minutes.

Keep doors and windows locked when you’re at home, even when you’re out in the garden.

Tools and ladders should always be locked away – these can be used to break into your home.

Leaving keys within reach of a window or glass pane or in the lock could make a thief’s job easier – keep them out of reach.

Don’t hide spare keys under flowerpots or doormats – this is one of the first places a thief is likely to look.

Install outdoor lighting – this can deter a burglary by making them fear detection or discovery.

Close your curtains if you are out for the evening.

Mark your property – this increases the chance of recovering it if you are a victim of burglary. Contact a member of your local Neighbourhood Police Team for further advice.

Keep photographs of valuable items such as jewellery.

Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme – or even starting one if there isn’t one in your area. Your local Neighbourhood Police Team will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to do this.

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