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Three men arrested for burglary
2:54pm Friday 5th October 2012 in News
POLICE in Yeovil have arrested three men for burglary and are reminding homeowners to remember to take simple security measures to protect their property.
It follows a number of burglaries in the Crofton Park and Grass Royal areas, some of them where intruders have simply walked into homes that have been left unlocked.
There have been 17 dwelling burglaries in the area since the beginning of September, an increase on the same time last year.
Two men have been charged – Tom Wilkinson, 21, of Lowther Road, Yeovil, with burglary of a garage in Hillgrove Avenue, and Daniel Broome, 26, of Yeovil, with a dwelling burglary in Roping Path.
Chief Insp Sean Williams said: "Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. In one quarter of all burglaries committed they don't even have to use force - they get in through an open door or window.
"Look at your home through the burglar's eyes - are there places where they could break in unseen? Have you fitted strong locks on your windows? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?
"Take simple precautions such as locking windows and doors when you go out even if just stepping next door or out in the garden. Also use a light timer and do not leave large amounts of cash around your home.
"Look at your house to identify places where you can deter the thief by improving the security.
"Speak to your local crime reduction officer by calling 101.
"Crime reduction officers will happily give you advice over the phone or may visit your home if they think it necessary."