Burglars strike 15 times in past 16 days in Wellingborough

Insp Paul Valentine is urging people to be vigilant
Insp Paul Valentine is urging people to be vigilant

People are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in Wellingborough and the surrounding areas.

Police say there have been 15 house burglaries in little over a fortnight and they are urging people to come forward if they have any information about the spate of crimes.

Sector commander for Wellingborough Paul Valentine said: “There’s been another spate of dwelling burglaries across Wellingborough and beyond.

“There have been 15 dwelling burglaries in the last 16 days.

“A key point is the offenders are drawing the curtains.

“Peak times are early to late evenings, anytime between 5pm and 8pm.

“They are targeting jewellery and cash, and carrying out quite an untidy search.

“They are quite brutal in how they are getting in, like smashing windows, but the untidy searches suggest it is quite quick.”

Insp Valentine is urging people to be vigilant and keep an eye on their properties as well as their neighbours’ homes, in particular looking out for curtains being closed at unusual times or when no-one is in.

The inspector added: “The offences have been far and wide.

“There have been six offences in Wellingborough town but right across the town, as well as offences in Irchester, Rushden and Barton Seagrave.”

While they may not all be down to the same person, Insp Valentine says it is likely to be someone who drives or has good local knowledge of the area due to the offences being so widely spread.

Insp Valentine said they are working hard to tackle the spate, including carrying out extra patrols at peak times, distributing leaflets about the burglaries and targeting people known to them who may be responsible for the crimes.

Officers are also working with CID to find any forensic opportunities which could help them track down the offenders.

Insp Valentine said: “We would appeal for people to come forward with any information they have, especially if they have been offered anything for sale.

“There’s no worse a crime than having your home burgled.

“We are giving this a high priority.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries can call the police on 101.

For more information about protecting your home, go to www.northants.police.uk/#!/CrimePrevention.