Appeal for information on two burglaries

June 02 2017

POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after two burglaries in east Bristol.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after two burglaries in east Bristol.

The first happened in Overndale Road, Fishponds, at around 10.30pm on Friday April 28. A woman was alone in the house when thieves broke in by forcing an upstairs window and searched through the property, taking two wallets. 

The woman was watching television and was unaware of the break-in until her husband returned home. 

Thieves stole a quantity of gold jewellery in a second burglary which happened in Frenchay Park Road in the Broomhill area just before 7pm on bank holiday Monday, May 1. 

Police were called by a neighbour who heard an alarm sounding and saw that the patio doors were open. 

Officers responded and carried out a search of the area with no trace of the suspects and enquiries are continuing. 

Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries and crime scene investigators have examined the properties, while the families are being given tailored home security advice. 

Police say as a result of a trend of burglars targeting cash and high-value jewellery, specialist detectives are dedicated to thoroughly investigating these offences and that their work and targeted patrols have led to dozens of arrests since last summer. 

Investigating officer DC 3222 Alastair Binnie said: “Our advice is to keep high-value jewellery with a secure storage company and cash in the bank, rather than at home, following a number of incidents in which entire safes have been stolen. 

“I’d like to thank the resident who reported the alarm
sounding in Broomhill – they did exactly the right thing by checking for other signs of a break-in and then calling us straight away. 

“We can all help to keep our communities safe by securing our homes and joining Neighbourhood Watch.” 

If you have any information about these incidents please contact DC Binnie through the police website, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217094537 (Fishponds) or 5217096346 (Broomhill).