Nov 22 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
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A RISE in the number of burglaries in the run-up to Christmas has led police to urge householders to step-up their security.
The increase in the number of residential and commercial burglaries in the Pinner area in recent weeks has worried local people.
Police have put out crime prevention advice to help householders deter opportunist thieves as the festive season approaches.
One victim of a recent burglary in Marsh Road, where there have been several incidents, said: “They took jewellery, iPods, my daughter’s laptop and an iPad.
“It took place during the day, in broad daylight,” added the householder, who asked to be anonymous. “The thieves came through the front door, smashed the glass and slipped their hand right through.
“A neighbour saw two men jumping over a fence and so they called the police. It was my wife’s day off and she came home at 1pm.
“When I returned later on, there were police with sniffer dogs everywhere because they thought the burglars were still around, trying to target someone else’s house in the area. That night was a bit unsettling for us.”
He said it was apparent from the mess the intruders caused that they were looking for jewellery and other valuables.
“The increase of burglaries is a worry,” he added. “We are hearing it from lots of people in the area that commercial properties are being targeted as well as homes. The police and neighbourhood watch teams are sending out warnings, which is good, making residents aware of the problem.”
An Indian restaurant in Marsh Road was also burgled after its doors were forced open. The thieves took alcohol and cash from the till.
There have been no arrests in relation to these two incidents.
PinnerPolice put out a statement on Pinner Association’s website last week alerting the community and advising people to secure their properties.
It said: “We have seen a rise in burglaries in the last few days, where windows and doors have been forced open.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Observer: “Our crime prevention advice to residents is that you should make your home look and sound occupied by using timer switches and radios.
“Install a burglar alarm and set it before you go out. Photograph and record the serial numbers of valuable items and mark them.
“Please look out for your neighbours and report anything suspicious by calling police on 999. Businesses should install good quality metal shutters, intruder alarms and remove cash from tills overnight.”
Crime prevention advice is available from safer neighbourhood teams or from www.met.police.uk.
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Watch is holding a public meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm in Pinner Village Hall.