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Falmouth Burglaries Spark Police Appeal

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7:01am 17th May 2014

Police put out a warning after a spate of burglaries around Falmouth.

Almost thirty businesses and clubs have been targeted in the last six months.

Firms are being urged to check CCTV and alarms and make sure cash is out of sight.

Cornwall and Devon police said:

"Police in Falmouth are advising business owners to be security conscious sand vigilant following a spate of burglaries in the Town.

Over the last six months nearly thirty small businesses and clubs have been targeted by burglars in and around the Falmouth area.

In order to reduce the chances of such premises being attacked target hardening measures are being put into place and high profile police patrols have been increased in the affected areas.

Officers at Falmouth have asked for the public’s support in assisting the extra police patrols by implementing preventative measures.

Sergeant Martin Roberts from Falmouth police station is requesting all small businesses and retailers to review their current security measures in order to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
He advises that if you need to leave cash on the premises, place it in a safe, which cannot be removed. Any potential housing of monies such as tills or gaming machines, which can be seen from outside, should be emptied at the end of the day and banked where possible.
All tools should be kept in a secure location, ladders secured if possible, and a check of the outside grounds to be carried out regularly to ensure there are not any items left lying around that could be used as a way of forcing entry or to damage external security systems. Businesses also need to closely inspect their CCTV systems to ensure they are adequate and secure.

The activation of an alarm should be reported to the police immediately, and please make a note of any suspicious behaviour you witness day or night. You never know when it could be important.

DS Trott from Falmouth CID, who is leading the investigation commented, "Whilst this is a particularly rare occurrence in Falmouth and the town is still a safe place to live, it would be wrong for the police not to inform the public about what has been occurring. I would therefore ask, that if anyone sees anything suspicious or if businesses or clubs have customers or visitors who appear to be paying particular attention to the premises, then please report this to the police as soon as possible. Any information, no matter how small may just add the missing link which will then greatly assist our investigations into the current series of burglaries."

7:01am 17th May 2014

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