Residents urged to look out for ‘outsiders’ following daytime burglaries in Essex village

DETECTIVES are appealing for information and witnesses following two daytime house burglaries which occurred just moments apart in the same road in Birchanger.

DETECTIVES are appealing for information and witnesses following two daytime house burglaries which occurred just moments apart in the same road in Birchanger.

Both incidents happened in Stansted Road on October 13:

• Between 1.50pm and 3.20pm burglars gained entry to a property by smashing a rear window, causing an estimated �500 of damage, and stole cash with an estimated total value of around �350.

• Between 2.10pm and 3.45pm suspects gained entry to a property by forcing a rear window with a spade taken from a shed, causing an estimated �500 of damage, and stole around �150 in foreign currency (Euros).


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Uttlesford district crime reduction advisor Peter Caulfield believes the suspects are not from the area.

He said: “Burglaries in villages are seldom carried out by local criminals any more. The burglars are often opportunists who will travel many miles to find suitable targets.”

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He adde: “I see nothing wrong with villagers politely challenging strangers. It doesn’t have to be confrontational in any way - just a polite enquiry to see if they are lost, or need help locating someone.

“If they are up to no good, they will more than likely make their excuses and leave the area.”

Mr Caufield thinks that the fact they are ‘outsiders’ should make them easier to spot and he is asking villagers to be more alert to the presence of strangers.

“If you see an unfamiliar vehicle parked in your street, or an unfamiliar person on someone’s driveway, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are up to no good,” he said.

“However your curiosity should be aroused and it would be useful if you made a note of what you have seen, including vehicle registration numbers.

“Burglars don’t like being noticed and if they become aware of your interest they will usually move on.”

Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to contact CID at Braintree on 0300 333 4444, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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