Police say 'call us if you see something suspicious' as North Cheam and Carshalton attempted burglaries go unreported
Suspicious neighbours are being urged to call police after two attempted burglaries went unreported last week.
Police are urging residents to call 999 if they see people they do not recognise acting suspiciously near their neighbours properties.
Police are saying: "If it doesn't look right or feel right, then call us on 999 straight away."
Last week there were two instances where neighbours had been vigilant and suspicious but did not call police.
In one incident a neighbour spotted three males walking away from an address two doors away in North Cheam.
Although the neighbour thought the men’s behaviour was suspicious, she didn't call police because she was going out.
Two hours later at 9.45pm, the householder came home and noticed the porch sensor light had been removed and there was physical damage to his front door.
Two days later in Carshalton, a resident was awoken between 2am and 3am by a loud noise.
At the same time that she looked out from a window and saw an unknown man in her neighbour's back garden, she heard a helicopter hovering overhead.
She assumed this must be the police helicopter and did not call police. Later, damage was discovered to the frame around the patio door, although entry had not been gained.
Detective inspector Jim Bennett, who runs Sutton’s Burglary Investigation Team said people who live near each other often know each other’s movements, such as when they go out and when they are likely to return.
He said: "In crime prevention terms, this is important local knowledge which can be of great benefit to local communities in keeping people safe and property secure, especially at this time of year as the nights start to draw in."
"So our message is that if you see anyone you don't know acting suspiciously on your neighbour's property then call us. Also if you hear a loud bang, or series of bangs from next door, when you believe the property is empty, then call us then too."
"Dial 999 straight away. If you can, please provide us a good description of the suspects and note their vehicle make and model, or better still, its registration number."
"We would much prefer to come out and check that everything is OK than to have people suffer the upset and distress that is caused to victims of burglary."
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