Officers urge Groby and Markfield residents to ‘remain vigilant’ following recent residential burglary reports

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 May 2022

LEICESTERSHIRE POLICE officers have urged residents in and around the Groby and Markfield area to ‘remain vigilant’ following a recent spate of residential break-ins.

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Over the course of the past two weeks, a total of five break-ins have been directly reported to the force, according to the officers in a recent newsletter update.

As well as this, they have received ‘a number’ of other reports of unknown people trying to force entry into cars and house doors.

Officers have urged people to “be vigilant” when locking up their properties and vehicles, by keeping keys out of the doors and out-of-sight from windows.

They have recommended that keyless car owners invest in a faraday pouch, or use them if they have purchased one, as these help to block the signal, meaning that this cannot be relayed by criminals with key cloning devices.

PCSO Tom Vaughan, of Hinckley and Blaby’s Neighbourhood Policing Area, suggested: “Consider prevention techniques such as using timers for lamps and TVs. Install security lights to your property, and think about CCTV installation and Ring doorbells.”

He further added: “Please be aware, we are out in the area throughout the nights and early morning in both marked and unmarked vehicles in attempts to keep you and your property safe.”

Those who would like any further advice on crime prevention are able to do so at on-beat surgeries, where they can come and speak with officers in-person.

In fact, Hinckley Police are holding regular in-person surgeries inside of their ‘pop-up’ shop in the Britannia Shopping Centre until the end of June. Their next session will take place tomorrow (Saturday, 28 May) from 10am until 12pm.

Crime prevention tools can be purchased from inside of the force’s pop-up shop.

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