Catflap burglaries on the rise in Warrington

Warrington Guardian: Catflap burglaries on the rise in Warrington Catflap burglaries on the rise in Warrington

HOMEOWNERS in Warrington East have been warned over an increase in ‘catflap’ burglaries.

Sgt Neil Orford, from Cheshire Police, said cases of burglaries in which a catflap has been used to gain entry are on the up.

Homes are being targeted that have a catflap in the rear door.

He said intruders are reaching in and removing keys from locks left hanging in doors.

Keys that have been left on hooks or in bowls within reach of a catflap are also being taken, in a method known as ‘hooking’.

The burglar reaches in and uses an instrument to snare keys.

Doors are then unlocked and homes ransacked, according to police.

Burglaries have increased across the town in recent weeks, with 60 recorded in December and more than 30 so far this month.

Police are warning residents to ensure homes are safe, particularly during the early evening, a high risk period for break-ins.

Sgt Orford said: “Lets not make things easy for these offenders.

“By following simple steps we can reduce the opportunities to commit crime.

“Remove keys from locks once they have been secured. Do not leave keys on view. Lock and secure any side gates in order to restrict access to the rear of your properties.

“Please be vigilant during the upcoming days and report any suspicious activity.”

To report a burglary call 101, or in an emergency 999.

For home safety advice, go to cheshire.police.uk.

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12:24pm Fri 17 Jan 14

The Maestro says...

Brings a new meaning to the term cat burglar
Brings a new meaning to the term cat burglar The Maestro

7:09pm Fri 17 Jan 14

old-codger says...

Burglaries have increased across the town in recent weeks, with 60 recorded in December and more than 30 so far this month.

Then they try to tell us that the crime rate is DOWN.
Burglaries have increased across the town in recent weeks, with 60 recorded in December and more than 30 so far this month. Then they try to tell us that the crime rate is DOWN. old-codger

7:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

grey-area says...

Can't wait for Mr Dwyer to claim responsibility for this increase.

......thought people were having their catflaps stolen when I saw the headline.....
Can't wait for Mr Dwyer to claim responsibility for this increase. ......thought people were having their catflaps stolen when I saw the headline..... grey-area

8:18pm Fri 17 Jan 14

choperado says...

They should pull in Filthy Rich and ask him where his mate Catflap is.
They should pull in Filthy Rich and ask him where his mate Catflap is. choperado

9:18pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nick Tessla says...

How much can the burglars possibly get for a stolen cat-flap?

Makes as much sense as all those people selling car-boots of a Sunday morning.

I know my mate used to go to them - but then also owned a paper shop - until it blew away in a stiff breeze.

He then started a bonsai business and did so well he had to move to smaller premises.
How much can the burglars possibly get for a stolen cat-flap? Makes as much sense as all those people selling car-boots of a Sunday morning. I know my mate used to go to them - but then also owned a paper shop - until it blew away in a stiff breeze. He then started a bonsai business and did so well he had to move to smaller premises. Nick Tessla

11:51am Mon 20 Jan 14

Anna Fender says...

The Police couldn't catch a cold never mind a real criminal. They go for petty trivial things just to boost their figures and conviction rate. They are too busy harrassing innocent victims with Cameras or Mobile Phones.
The Police couldn't catch a cold never mind a real criminal. They go for petty trivial things just to boost their figures and conviction rate. They are too busy harrassing innocent victims with Cameras or Mobile Phones. Anna Fender

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