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Villagers Warned of rising burglary wave: Police ramp up patrols across north east Wales

VILLAGERS in north-east Wales have been warned to be on high alert and lock their doors amid a surge in burglary reports. The police have increased patrols in the Flintshire and Denbighshire regions and are actively providing advice on crime prevention.

While specific details of the recent burglaries have not been disclosed by the North Wales Police, they are urging residents in rural areas to remain vigilant. The police force is already grappling with an increase in suspicious cold callers operating in Wrexham and Flintshire, adding to the security concerns.

Detective Inspector Kris Williams emphasized the impact of burglaries on victims, stating, “Having your home burgled is a personal violation, and we understand the significant effect that this has on victims.” He further explained that officers have been engaging with the communities, proactively working to reduce such crimes. They have been visiting residents to raise awareness about potential threats and assisting them in making their properties less attractive to criminals.

The police highlighted the modus operandi of opportunistic thieves who typically target houses and flats with open or unlocked doors and windows. As a precautionary measure, residents have been strongly advised to lock all doors and windows, even when they are at home.

In a separate issue, North Wales Police reported an increasing number of individuals going door-to-door and attempting to sell goods. The sales pitches often involve household products like cleaning supplies, cloths, dusters, and clothing, which are sold at inflated prices for cash only. The callers claim to be part of a probation scheme and sometimes present fake ID cards. Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Stephen Bellis warned against falling for such schemes, stating, “Our advice is to always politely say ‘no, thank you’ and close the door to this kind of visitor.”

The authorities have provided simple tips to prevent burglaries, including refraining from announcing one’s absence on social media, using visible deterrents like cameras and alarms, and avoiding leaving packaging for expensive items outside the property. Residents have also been cautioned against leaving keys in obvious hiding spots and have been encouraged to leave lights on inside their homes, possibly using timers, as well as consider installing outdoor lighting.

To combat the rising crime rates, North Wales Police has recently launched the “We Don’t Buy Crime” campaign, aimed at curbing burglary, robbery, theft, and vehicle-related crimes. Rural community safety officers have been actively distributing leaflets and providing advice on minimizing burglary risks. They have visited post offices in Llandyrnog, Trefnant, and Henllan, along with the Salisbury Arms in Tremeirchion and the White House Hotel in Rhuallt. This week, the campaign has reached 11 villages in Denbighshire to raise awareness and bolster community safety.