Crime spree hits rural properties

PUBLISHED: 10:21 12 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 May 2010

A SPATE of burglaries has hit homes across South Cambridgeshire, and police are warning residents to be on their guard. Eight isolated properties, spread across Shingay-Cum-Wendy, Great Chishill, Melbourn, Guilden Morden, Heydon, Great Eversden, East Hatl

A SPATE of burglaries has hit homes across South Cambridgeshire, and police are warning residents to be on their guard.

Eight isolated properties, spread across Shingay-Cum-Wendy, Great Chishill, Melbourn, Guilden Morden, Heydon, Great Eversden, East Hatley, and Bourn, were burgled in the first week of October.

Robbers nabbed a variety of goods, taking items including laptops, jewellery, televisions, cameras and cash.

Detective Inspector Adam Gallop, from Cambridgeshire Police, is investigating the crime spree.

He said: "I would ask people to be vigilant and alert to any suspicious activity in their area.

"Perhaps it might be a car or van driving around which you haven't seen before or you have spotted someone going around the rear of homes.

"This should be reported to police straight away," he said.

Det Insp Gallop said that the force are doing "everything [we] can" to find the perpetrators of the burglaries.

He said: "Additional officers will be patrolling, extensive house to house enquiries have taken place, and forensic evidence has been gathered.

"We are making contact with our Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators, who are the eyes and ears of the community, to gather information and give crime prevention advice."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Insp Gallop at Parkside Police Station, Cambridge, on 0345 456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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