POLICE have moved to reassure Liss homeowners following a spate of overnight burglaries in the last three weeks. They were due to hold a crime prevention forum at the British Legion headquarters on Rake Road at 7.30pm last night (Thursday) after logging six similar incidents at homes across the village. On at least four occasions, the occupants were in their properties while thieves went about their work. The latest incidents took place on Saturday, May 5, on St Mary's Road. Between 5.30am and 6am, thieves entered through a kitchen window at the rear of a property on the road. A tidy search was made downstairs and a laptop and digital camera were taken. The suspect left through the rear door. Shortly after, but on the same road, an attempt was made to enter another house through a bedroom window using an implement to open the blind. The occupant of the house disturbed a male who ran off. Earlier that week, on May 2, burglars entered a property on Hill Brow Road and stole two mobile phones, a handbag and a gold ring before leaving by the rear door leaving it open. On Friday, April 27, thieves walked in through the unlocked door of a property on Willow Road while the family was still at home and stole a handbag and items from the kitchen. And overnight on Monday, April 30, burglars broke in through the rear kitchen window of a house on Forest Road and stole a laptop, a mobile phone, and cash. On the same night, entry was gained to another property on the road while the occupants were upstairs asleep. Cash and a handbag were stolen. Pc Elliot Mowbray told The Herald: "While the number of burglaries in this area is low in general, it has been high for Liss in the last three weeks. "We want to reassure people that this is not a crimewave and that it is unusual for Liss. "The burglaries took place all over the village and tended to be at unsecured properties. "The crime prevention meeting is aimed at giving people advice about securing their homes." Police have not officially linked the incidents, but they are asking anyone with information to call them on 0845 0454545. Alternatively, the public can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police allay fears after crime spree
Thursday 10th May 2007 10:00 pm