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Surrey Police warning over leaving Xmas presents 'on show'

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Surrey Police warning over leaving Xmas presents 'on show'

Published by Carol Musgrave at 8:18am 3rd December 2019. (Updated at 8:23am 3rd December 2019)

We are being warned to take extra care over our home security in the run up to Christmas.

That from Surrey Police - following a day of targeted action "to disrupt criminality and identify potential burglars" last month.

The crackdown, on November 21 across Elmbridge, Runnymede, and Spelthorne, followed recent reports of the theft of high value  jewellery in the north of the county.

Three people were arrested, 37 people were stopped in the streets, and 40 vehicles checked.

A 32 year-old man and a 19 year-old woman were both arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary following a vehicle stop check in Roehampton.

The man was additionally arrested on suspicion of driving offences and theft of a motor vehicle. 

They have both been bailed until December 17.

A 21 year-old man was arrested following a vehicle stop check in Cobham on suspicion of offences including going equipped for theft, possession of an offensive weapon, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft, drugs offences, and a driving offence.

He has been released without charge, but remains under investigation.

Throughout the day forty vehicles were stopped, two were seized for having no insurance. Thirty seven people were stopped in the street by officers and three community resolutions for offences including possession of controlled substances were issued.

Inspector Paul Mcdowell who was in charge of the operation said part of the aim of the action was also "to gather intelligence and detect other offences aside from burglary."

He warned that especially in the run up to Christmas, and with the nights drawing in, people should take security precautions such as:

  • Leaving a light on at home to deter opportunistic burglars.
  • Ensuring you have locked up properly.
  • Don't leave gifts on show through the windows at home to passers-by or in your vehicle.
  • Consider where to dispose of packaging so you do not advertise to potential burglars what items you have been given.

He said more uniformed and covert operations would be carried out "over the coming months" - and he urged anyone who sees anything suspicious, to call 101 or report it to Surrey Police's website.