In the last month, there has been an increase in house burglary offences, predominantly in Banbury but also in Bicester.
Members of the public are urged to be extra vigilant during this time, ensuring that their addresses are secure, valuables are securely locked away or kept at secure locations. People are urged to report suspicious callers, persons and vehicles and incidents to the police.
The first burglary occurred between 3.30pm and 6.24pm on Tuesday, July 16 at Homestead Road on the Cherwell Heights estate in Banbury. The house was unoccupied, the offenders gained access to the house and took keys to the gun metal grey Mercedes C350 estate AMG sport parked on the drive way which was then stolen.
On the same day, between 5.30pm and 6.00pm on Gillet Road, Banbury, a man was distracted into his rear garden by another man. He found this suspicious so went back into the property, where he saw two men running out of the house. No property was stolen.
And between 2pm and 8pm on the same day in Windrush, Banbury, offenders climbed over the back gate of the property and forced open the rear patio door. They conducted an untidy search of the address and stole a pair of boots, Nike trainers, bracelets, various perfumes and cash.
On Thursday, July 18 at 10.25am on Goodwood Road, Bicester, an offender gained entry to the property by forcing open a rear window. Jewellery and medication were stolen.
On Monday 22 July between 1.30pm and 2pm on Chatsworth Drive, Banbury, offenders attempted to gain entry to a property but were disturbed by neighbours. They fled in the direction of Bankside.
On Tuesday, July 23 between 1pm and 5.10pm on Leach Road, Bicester, offenders forced entry to the property through a rear door using a tool. An untidy search was completed and a quantity of Asian jewellery was stolen.
On Saturday, July 27 at 7.55pm on Raven Croft, Langford Village, Bicester. Offenders forced entry to the front door but were then disturbed by the homeowner.
On Saturday, August 3 at 4.45pm on Queens Court, Bicester, offenders entered the property, activating the burglar alarm, they fled the property stealing Asian jewellery.
On Thursday, August 8 between 1.30pm and 2.50pm on East Close, Banbury, offenders forced entry to a property and stole Asian jewellery.
Between 1pm and 5.10pm, the same day offenders forced entry to a property on Bankside and carried out an untidy search. Nothing was stolen.
Between Tuesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 15 on Ferriston, Banbury, offenders forced open a front door to gain entry to the property but no items were stolen.
On Thursday, August 15 August at 1.35pm on Lapsley Drive, Banbury, offenders gained entry to the property through a rear patio door and carried out an untidy search of the upstairs of the property. Jewellery and cash were stolen.
Last Tuesday, August 20 between 2pm and 3.43pm on Danesmoor, Banbury, an offender tricked his way into the property, whilst inside the property he distracted the home owner while two other offenders crept in and stole cash and foreign currency.
Between 1pm and 6pm on the same day in Ferriston, Banbury, an offender forced open the front door and gained access to the address. No items were stolen.
Between 8.45am and 7.45pm on Wheatley Close, Banbury, offenders forced a rear door open and gained access to the property. Asian jewellery was stolen.
Detective Constable Mark Personius from Banbury police station said: “The Cherwell police area is a very safe place to live and house burglaries have been reducing over recent years.
“I wanted to make the public aware so that precautions can be taken, individual security can be improved and for the community to be our eyes and ears and report suspicious incidents to police.
“If you have any information on any of the offences or witness anything suspicious please contact police.”
Those with information should contact Mr Personius via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Those who do not want to speak directly to the police can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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