Report suspect behaviour, police urge after New Year break-ins
If you think someone is being burgled you should report it to police rather than leaving it, police have warned after two break-ins over the New Year.
In one incident a suspicious neighbour reported the burglary straight away and police were able to detain suspects but in the other a neighbour spotted a light on and knew the family were away but did not call police and items were stolen.
In the first break-in a woman in Moretown Road, Worcester Park, spotted a light on in a house she knew no-one was in. despite her concerns she did not call police and the burglary was only discovered two days later on New Year's Eve.
In the second incident a woman spotted men on the roof of a house in Beadlow Close, Carshalton, and called police at 1.45pm on New Year's Day. Officers arrived and detained two men and enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Jim Bennett, who runs Sutton’s burglary investigation team, said: "The advice is that if it doesn’t look right or feel right, then call us on 999 straight away.
"So our message is that if you see anyone you don’t know acting suspiciously around your neighbour’s property then call us. Also if you hear a loud bang, or series of bangs from next door, or if you see a light on in the early hours of the morning when you believe the property is empty, then call us then too.
"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."