May 2012 news

Over the Easter Bank Holiday period, there have been a number of burglaries committed across the Birmingham South area.

Geographically speaking, there is no particular pattern to the offences.

However, a good number of the offences were committed at the rear of the property, often using force to break in through windows or doors. Of particular note, four burglaries were committed through open doors or windows that had been left unattended. Items that are being stolen at the moment include small electrical items such as phones, game consoles, cameras etc.

Please take note of the following advice:-

1. Ensure that any access to your home is secure. Keep any gates, garages and outhouses locked at all times.

2. Consider the use of security lighting at the front and rear of the premises.

3. Ensure any garden tools are stored securely when not in use, as offenders will often use them to force entry.

4. Ensure that your shed is locked with a good quality padlock. Fit a shed alarm if possible.

5. Be sure to close and lock any doors and windows that are not in immediate use.

6. Property mark any valuables and register them with:

7. Remain vigilant and do not delay in reporting any suspicious activity to the police.

For further advice on home security, please visit the Safer Homes website at

If you have any information that may assist the police, please call the new non-emergency telephone number, 101.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.