Essex police investigate daytime house burglary

PUBLISHED: 15:59 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:31 30 May 2010

INVENTIVE thieves managed to break into a Dunmow house by making a hole in a door and then reaching inside to nab the keys to the property. Once inside, the criminals gathered up electrical equipment, documents and cash, valued at around £500. They also c

INVENTIVE thieves managed to break into a Dunmow house by making a hole in a door and then reaching inside to nab the keys to the property.

Once inside, the criminals gathered up electrical equipment, documents and cash, valued at around £500. They also caused £500 worth of damage.

The theft happened between 3pm and 6.30pm on Friday (January 22) at a house in The Poplars, Great Dunmow.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and information and issued advice to help homeowners protect themselves.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wheeler said: "There are a few simple steps that people can take to make themselves even safer.

"It is good to ensure that you keep keys somewhere safe and out of sight. In addition, do not leave cash, bags and wallets lying around. Please keep all accessible doors and window closed and locked.

"If you have UPVC doors, please ensure that you lock the door with the key - just pulling up the handle does not deadlock the door. If you have a garage, please try to lock your vehicle away safely inside it."

Anyone who has information on the crime can contact Braintree Police Station on 0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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