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Residents in Wisbech are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries in the town.

Police say 14 separate incidents have been reported since late May, including three on a single street.

The latest case was recorded at a house in Clarkson Avenue last Friday, July 5. Two other incidents happened in that road last month.

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Other streets to have been targeted include Elm Road (May 20), North Brink (June 5), Norwich Road (June 7 and 27), Langsberry (June 9), Wilberforce Road (June 11), Mansell Road (June 11), Rhones Place (June 11), Heron Road (June 14) and Falklands Drive (June 14).

Detective Sergeant Shishminder Thind, of Cambridgeshire Police, said today: “Burglary is a priority for the force and we are using all tactics available to us to catch those responsible for these offences.

“In some instances offenders have forced entry but we have also seen a number of offences where entry has been made through unlocked patio doors and windows.

"I urge all residents to take precautions where they can and check their home security, especially when out of the house.”

Jewellery, laptops, iPhones, bank cards and cash are among the items to have been stolen in the raids.

Police have issued the following safety advice to residents:

Always keep doors and windows closed and locked or in a ventilated but locked position, even when they are inside the house.

Always check and lock doors with a key - never assume that just pushing up an internal handle will lock the door.

Remove keys from window and door locks, but keep them in a familiar and safe place where all members of the family know where to find them in the event of an emergency.

Never leave items such as keys, bags, presents and money on show through a window.

Consider the position of key racks or shelves next to a door and ensure that they cannot be reached through the letter box.

Use timer switches to turn on lights and radios when you are going to be away from your house at dusk.

Consider the use of lights at the front and rear of your property that are activated when someone approaches.

Consider the use of bolts and padlocks on side gates. Place the bolts at the top, middle and bottom of the gate, as just a top bolt might be easy to reach and open.

A visible intruder alarm box can prove to be one of the biggest deterrents to an opportunist burglar, so consider installing a DIY or supplier installed system.

Anyone who has information about any of the raids is asked to contact police on 101.

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