Owners robbed of electronics in West Bay break-ins

| 29/09/2009

(CNS): The police said this week that residents need to take greater care of electronics as thieves have their eyes on flat screen televisions, computers and cell phones. In two separate residential burglaries on 28 September, owners came home to find their electronic equipment gone. One resident of North West Point Road, West Bay, came home to find his condo had been broken into and his flat screen TV stolen. Entry had been gained by prizing open a window. In the second incident a computer, cell phone and iPod were stolen from an apartment on West Bay Road after the culprit gained entry by forcing open a glass sliding door.

The RCIPS is asking everyone to do all they can to minimize the risk of becoming a victim of burglary and encourage residents to secure their homes effectively. Officers recommend residents ensure all doors and windows are kept locked and secure and to fit locks to windows and doors. They suggested inserting a piece of wood / metal in the gap of sliding glass doors to prevent them from being forced and not to leave spare keys under mats or plant pots. They also recommended fitting alarms and to mark your property with an ultra violet pen so it can easily be identified if recovered.

“A secure home will reduce the chance of your property being targeted. However, it will not eliminate it. If you get home and notice signs of a break-in, do not go in as the intruder could still be inside. Try whenever possible not to move any items in your home until a scene of crime officer has attended,” a police spokesperson said.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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