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Attempted burglary at New Mills property prompts police warning

Posted on 4th December 2014

Police are appealing for information following an attempted burglary at a property in New Mills.

In the early hours of Wednesday, December 3, offenders attempted to gain entry into a property on Laneside Road, New Mills.

The would-be-thieves were disturbed by the homeowner as they tried to get hold of the house keys through the cat flap.  

The offenders, who were both described as men and of large build, ran away from the property without gaining entry or taking the keys.

One of the men was described as wearing a black hooded jacket at the time of the incident which took place between 12.30am and 1am.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information or who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area to come forward.

The incident has prompted a police warning to urge residents to report incidents or suspicious activity to them straight away by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Home owners are also being encouraged to take extra security steps in the run up to Christmas to protect their property from being targeted by thieves. Advice includes:

  • Ensure that windows and doors are properly secure before leaving the house or going to bed;
  • Make sure that house and vehicle keys are stored out of view and not left in the lock overnight;
  • Always leave a light on if going out after dark and consider using light bulb timers to help deter a criminal;
  • Keep valuables out of view of passers-by;
  • Ensure that vehicles, bikes and outbuildings are properly secure and that no valuables are left on show;
  • Have your bikes security marked and consider purchasing a top quality lock.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Sergeant Phil Booth on 101 quoting crime number 51176/14 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For crime prevention advice or to speak to the New Mills Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101 and follow the team on Twitter: @NewMillsSNT

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