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Surrey Police increase patrols during coronavirus lockdown

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Surrey Police increase patrols during coronavirus lockdown

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 5th April 2020.

Surrey Police officers are stepping up patrols around business premises and industrial estates during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The force says due to the current lockdown measures some businesses and retail units could be more at risk of being targeted for burglaries as criminals take advantage of the restrictions. 

Many business owners have been forced to close their doors and leave premises unattended.

The warning comes after Surrey Police stopped three men in an industrial estate in West Molesey.

They were arrested on suspicion of 12 counts of burglary in the area. 

Business owners are urged to check that security systems are in place and working correctly and that service doors are locked and secured. 

Large quantities of cash and high value items should not be left in the premises whilst they are closed. 

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Jak Bowers said:

“We are here for you and your businesses, big or small. Just like other emergency services, we are facing increasing challenges but this does not mean we will stop doing all we can to protect our communities and maintain your trust and confidence.

“Ultimately, businesses in Surrey are the livelihoods of our families and friends who are already facing the most difficult of circumstances.

“The message to thieves who want to use this as an opportunity to profit from those having to close their businesses and adhering to the stay home guidance, is that we are still here working around the clock and you will face the full force of the law.”

Residents are also being urged to keep a look out for businesses and shops which are currently closed. 

If you see something suspicious, phone 101. If you see a burglary in progress, call 999.