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Police warning after a spate of burglaries in Carlisle

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Cumbria Police is urging residents in Carlisle to be extra vigilant and take precautions after a number of burglaries at insecure homes.

Officers say they can be avoided if homeowners take precautions like locking all doors, closing windows and keeping valuables out of sight.

Detective Inspector Dave Cooper, North Cumbria CID, said:

Being burgled is an incredibly traumatic experience which I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Knowing someone has been into your house, going through your possessions, can be devastating.

In some of the examples we’ve given today, the burglars have even been inside homes whilst people were in the house.

Our message is a simple one – burglars are looking for the easiest targets they can find. The unlocked door. The open window.

Taking simple precautions such as locking doors and windows and keeping keys, wallets and other valuables out of sight can dramatically reduce the chance of being burgled.”

– Detective Inspector Dave Cooper

What can you do? Cumbria Police advice is:

  • Lock doors and windows before you go out or go to bed
  • Remove keys from locks and keep out of reach of windows and doors
  • Ensure side gates and sheds are locked
  • Keep gifts, cash and valuables safe and well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
  • Consider fitting a burglar alarm

Anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity involving their home or a neighbour's should call Cumbria Police on 101.