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Police alert after crime rise

Police area appealing for residents to ensure they are being as vigilant as possible after a 21 burglaries were reported to the police in the borough in just one weekend. During this spate of thefts, items taken included a TV, cars, laptops, cameras, computers and jewellery.

Crane Park Road in Twickenham was targeted by thieves early on Saturday morning where several homes backing on the park were burgled and one car was stolen after keys were found in one house. In Teddington a silver Audi was stolen from a residence in King Edward’s Grove between 6-9am on the Friday.

Residents are being urged to ensure that all windows and doors are secured before they leave their homes – in the last year alone more than 5,000 homes across the country were targeted by thieves simply walking through unlocked doors. The new “Lock Before You Leave” campaign is designed to make it more difficult for thieves to gain access to homes and keep items away from letterboxes such as house and car keys.

This comes at a time when Richmond Borough’s new Police Commander Clive Chalk has revealed that burglary has risen by 8.2% in the borough between April and July this year, compared with the same months last year. Some simply security checks on our homes can keep these crime rates down across the borough.

If anyone has any information concerning any of these incidents can call Twickenham police station on 0208 247 7142 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.

Also anyone in the area who has had a dark grey mountain bike stolen has been asked to contact police.

A man was stopped on a bike matching this description which is believed to have been stolen from Teddington last month. Contact PC Paul Wright at Richmond police station on 020 8247 7218 if you can identify this bike that has a series of letters and numbers written by a marker pen underneath the frame.

The London Neighbourhood Watch Association website has regular newsletters and other general information that help residents prevent and report crime.

Ironically Teddington Police station itself has fallen victim to a blight of graffiti attacks recently.


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