Cops say keep homes secure

Ripley folk are being urged to beef up home security following a spate of burglaries in the area.

Since the start of January four homes, two sheds and one garage have been targeted by raiders. There have also been four crimes affecting businesses.

The most recent incident happened overnight between Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21, where an Ipad, cash and jewellery was stolen from a house on Dannah Street.

On Sunday, January 19, a set of keys were stolen from a garage on Broadway between 6.30pm and . Patrols are being carried out and police are urging residents to report any suspicious activity.

Community safety inspector Russell Dakin said: “Enquiries are on-going and officers will be taking every possible action to pursue offenders and bring them to justice. Burglary can have a huge effect on people’s lives but there are things you can do to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim.”

Police advise to fit good quality locks to sheds, improve security lighting, avoid keeping large quantities of cash at home and mark valuable items with specialist property marking kits.

Inspector Dakin added: “If you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, or have any information about these incidents, please let us know.”