Marshfield residents thanked by police for help catching suspected burglar
POLICE officers have praised members of the public in Marshfield whose actions led to an arrest after a suspected burglary.
Avon and Somerset police were called to a report of suspicious behaviour at a house in High Street, Marshfield, at about 3.30pm on Tuesday, October 22.
Neighbours said they had heard a loud bang and witnessed someone in the property. They kept an eye on the house until police arrived.
Officers from Avon and Somerset and the neighbouring Wiltshire force responded to the incident.
A man was arrested just before 4pm on the same day and is in police custody pending further enquiries.
Officers are now investigating a possible link with a similar incident in Church Road, Wick, about an hour earlier, in which a householder disturbed a man after a window at his home was smashed.
DS Matt Lloyd, of the South Gloucestershire Priority Crime Team, said: “We are really grateful to those members of the public who called us about these incidents. We really do rely on people in local communities looking out for each other and calling us if they see something suspicious.
“If you see something happening that doesn’t look right, do please call it in – we always welcome a call in good faith.”
Although the incidents happened during the day, police said there is a national trend for burglary to increase in the autumn as it starts to get dark before people are home from work.
DS Lloyd said: “Although this is a low crime area, it’s important to remember to take the simple steps which could deter a thief – especially after the clocks go back on October 27.”
They are advising householders to join or set up a Neighbourhood Watch, always lock up and set a house alarm at dusk as well as when you go out, keep any keys safely hidden away, use a timer switch to turn lights and a radio on if you’re not home before it gets dark and mark items with your postcode and register it at www.immobilise.com For further safety advice visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
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