Doncaster police are urging residents to put a new euro lock at the top of their Christmas list and save themselves potential heartbreak and money.
Burglars have struck at several homes this week, all of which had doors fitted with old euro locks.
A Garrard men’s watch with a gold analogue face, presented to its owner for 28 years’ loyal service, was taken between 7.15am and 5pm on Monday from a house in Hardy Road, Wheatley. The raider also stole a pink wallet containing coins including an 1853 franc, a £5 coin, an original £2 coin and a crown coin to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday.
A person moving house had £1,000 worth of property taken from their new home at Balfour Road, Bentley, when a burglar struck overnight from Sunday to Monday and stole property including a laptop, drill and handbag.
And sometime between last Wednesday, 20 November and Saturday, 23 November, a would-be burglar tried to enter a house at Arnold Crescent, Mexborough, causing damage to the back door.
Said Supt Eddie Murphy: “People can buy new snap and bump safe locks for around £50, which could potentially save them thousands of pounds and a lot of aggravation and heartache in the long run.
“Anyone with a standard uPVC door that was fitted over 18 months ago probably has a standard cylinder or profile lock too, which can be broken in a matter of seconds. Newer locks comprise of more parts, making it tougher for criminals to get through the door - even if they try.
“I’d urge residents to check which locks they have on their doors and if they are the old type then to put `new locks’ on their Christmas list. If you don’t buy anything else for the festive season, make sure you buy a new snap and bump safe lock.”
For more information about euro locks visit the South Yorkshire Police website at www.southyorks.police.uk and click on `help and advice’, then `crime prevention advice’, then `home safety’ and finally `protecting your property’. A link to `Secured by Design,’ which lists accredited suppliers, is also available.