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Spate of burglaries in North Worcestershire
3:27pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A SPATE of car key burglaries across North Worcestershire have prompted police to warn householders to secure their doors.
One of the incidents happened in Holman Street, in Kidderminster, where the key to a silver Renault Clio was stolen via an open window in a conservatory.
The burglary happened between 9.30pm on Friday and 1.30am on Saturday.
The car was later found burnt out by the canal in Broad Street at about 2.40am.
There have also been five other burglaries in Redditch and Stoke Heath near Bromsgrove between Thursday and yesterday.
West Mercia Police are looking into whether any of the incidents are linked.
Detective Inspector John Cashion of West Mercia Police said: “We are seeing a spate of burglaries, including car key burglaries, in which offenders are getting in through doors which householders think are secure but are actually not.
“These are typically newer UPVC doors. The householders lift the handle on the inside and think the door is locked, but it can actually be easily opened from the outside by levering it with a crowbar or screwdriver, and is only properly locked and secure if the key has been used.”
Anyone with any information about the burglaries should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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