Nottinghamshire Police have seen an increase in overnight crime this month, especially at weekends and asked for the community to be vigilant.
‘We are warning residents in the West Bridgford area to ensure all doors and windows are secured following an increase into burglaries.’
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry is urging people to be vigilant and make sure their homes are secure.
He said: “With the evenings being longer and darker, we often see an increase in house burglaries.
“We have seen a recent increase in burglaries in the Lady Bay and Abbey beat areas where suspects have entered via insecure doors and windows.
“We’ve received reports of overnight crime overnight on Sunday 1 November and Saturday 7 November from Gertrude Road, Mona Road and Trent Boulevard.
“Thieves are targeting bicycles in sheds, outbuildings and any insecure premises using garden tools from other nearby premises to force locks and gain entry.
“They are particularly keen on hybrid and mountain bikes, those with front suspension forks, presumably to sell on.
“We also had a report that a laptop and iPad was stolen from Pierrepont Road.
“Please ensure all sheds, garages and property especially bicycles are secured each day along with garden tools.
“If possible, padlock and secure any side gates or access to rear gardens.
“Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar. Are there places where a burglar could break into your home without being seen? How would you get in if you had forgotten your keys? If you could get inside, so could a burglar.
“Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times. When you go out, always close and lock external doors and windows, even if you are just going out for a short time.
“Ensure the keys to your home and vehicles are kept in a place out of sight and well away from your letterbox and keep all spare keys in a safe place.
“Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if they connect to your property.
“Police are making additional overnight patrols in the area, please contact police via 999 or 101 to report a new crime or any suspicious activity. Please review your CCTV or camera systems for anything suspicious.
“Also, if you saw anything suspicious overnight on 1 or 7 November, please do let us know any information by calling 101.