�1700 worth of electrical goods stolen in Dunmow house burglary

ELECTRICAL equipment with a total value of �1700 was stolen in a house burglary in Dunmow.

Between 7am and 6.40pm yesterday (April 6) unknown suspects gained entry to a property in Cherry Crescent by forcing a rear window, causing an estimated �200 of damage, before making off with the goods.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about this crime to contact the CID Target team at Braintree on 0300 3334444, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Uttlesford’s crime reduction advisor Peter Caulfield said: “If you see an unfamiliar vehicle parked in your street, or an unfamiliar person on someone’s driveway, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are up to no good.

“However your curiosity should be aroused and it would be useful if you made a note of what you have seen, including vehicle registration numbers. Burglars don’t like being noticed and if they become aware of your interest they will usually move on.”

He also sees nothing wrong with villagers politely challenging strangers.

“It doesn’t have to be confrontational in any way,” he said. “Just a polite enquiry to see if they are lost, or need help locating someone. If they are up to no good, they will more than likely make their excuses and leave the area.”

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Mr Caulfield pointed out that one highly effective mechanism that communities can use to combat crime is Neighbourhood Watch. If your village does not currently benefit from a scheme, then contact him on 01376 556233 for details on setting one up.

He also has specific crime prevention advice about jewellery: “To protect jewellery in the home, the best option is a safe. There are some perfectly good budget-priced safes available from DIY stores and High Street catalogue showrooms, for around �30.

“For complete peace of mind however an insurance, or cash-rated, safe should be considered. These can be obtained online or from a qualified locksmith. Prices start around �200.

“Please don’t just use the safe to keep cash and jewellery, but also include items such as passports, driving licences, savings books, spare credit cards and other valuables.”