Cambridgeshire Police have increased patrols in areas in the south of Peterborough following an increase in the number of burglaries. They will be targeting homes in the areas affected - Hampton Vale, Stanground, Woodston and Fletton - and offering crime prevention advice.
Last month as reported in PBOROtrib there were 29 burglaries in the Fletton, Orton with Hampton, Stanground Central and Stanground East wards, compared to nine in January 2012.
Homes, sheds and garages have all been broken into and items including bikes and jewellery stolen.
Patrols are being directed to the areas and possible suspects have already been identified.
Officers patrolling in the areas, are checking the security of homes and vehicles and will leave crime prevention postcards wherever they find property at risk.
The postcards explain the reasons a person's home or vehicle may have attracted a burglar, such as items left on display, a shed or garage left unlocked or a bicycle left unattended and possibly unlocked.
Inspector Andy Bartlett said: "We are taking this increase in burglaries very seriously and are using all options available to us to catch those responsible. However, we also want to help people make life harder for burglars by taking some basic steps, such as making sure laptops and handbags cannot be seen from windows.
"We will make contact with people at those homes where a security risk was highlighted to make them aware of the potential consequences and provide advice on how to improve security."]
Anyone with information about crime in their area should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 .
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