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Alert over day-time burglaries – Mendip and South Somerset

Diamond brooch stolen in burglary
Stolen antique diamond brooch

We’re issuing an alert after three day-time burglaries in Mendip and South Somerset:

  • The first happened during the morning of Wednesday 12 September. Thieves forced the back door of a home in Castle Cary and stole cash and jewellery
  • Yesterday morning, Thursday 13 September, burglars forced a window at a house in Pitney. They stole antique jewellery including a distinctive diamond brooch (pictured) and an Edwardian ladies’ diamond wristwatch
  • Thieves broke into a house in Croscombe that same day, between 8am and 7.15pm. In this case nothing appears to have been stolen despite an untidy search

Investigating officer PC Matt Lorimer said: “We don’t see that many homes burgled in this part of Somerset. I’d ask people to look out for their neighbours and report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 101. Of course, if it’s obvious someone is breaking in, ring 999 straight away.

“We’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area and alerted Neighbourhood Watch groups. Crime Scene Investigators attended as well. We’ll carry out thorough investigations and target our patrols in response. I’d ask anyone with information which could help to come forward. Burglaries are always very upsetting for householders. That’s especially true when jewellery is stolen, as it has such sentimental value to people, over and above its monetary worth.”

Please get in touch if you have any information which could help.

Our top home security advice:

  • Keep cash in the bank and high-value jewellery with a specialist secure storage company
  • Keep photographs and a description of items with sentimental value
  • Use a traceable asset marking liquid on jewellery or antiques
  • Join Neighbourhood Watch
  • Keep tools locked up in a secure shed or garage
  • Make sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows
  • Lock up and set the alarm at night as well as when you go out

More crime prevention advice

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5218205887.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.