Bank excursion burglaries in rural West Cheshire spark police appeal

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An appeal has been released by police following two burglaries which have taken region in rural areas of West Cheshire over the bank vacation weekend.

At a few point on Monday (May 27) or inside the early hours of yesterday morning, outbuildings had been damaged into at a farm on Pump Lane in Churton, Chester .

A Yamaha quad bike and a amount of gear were stolen from the buildings, with offenders the use of a small trailer to move them to a discipline at the back of the farm.

The stolen quad motorbike and tools had been then transported far away from the sector through another approach.

Over the bank excursion weekend, a separate incident noticed offenders strive to interrupt into one of the units at Hampton Heath Industrial Estate off Chester Road near Malpas .

However offenders could not advantage entry, and as an alternative caused damage to the unit and several motors parked out of doors it earlier than fleeing.

A dry powder fireplace extinguisher was sprayed inside a number of the motors.

Currently there is no proof to signify the 2 incidents are connected – although detectives say they’re maintaining an open thoughts.

Detective Sergeant Danielle Knox, of Chester Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “Enquiries on the subject of the two incidents are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any records or CCTV or dashcam footage that can be applicable to our investigations to get in contact.

“Perhaps you suspect you can have visible, or have footage of, whoever became chargeable for the housebreaking on the farm in Churton or the tried housebreaking and crook damage at an commercial estate in Hampton Heath close to Malpas.

“Or perhaps you have got been presented the chance to shop for a Yamaha quad bike since one became stolen from the farm in Churton.

“If you have got any information or photos that can aid our investigations please touch the team here at Chester LPU.”
‘Be vigilant’

DS Knox said: “I would really like to take this possibility to remind every person dwelling or working in and around Chester to be vigilant and to make it as tough as possible for criminals to break into their houses, outbuildings and businesses.

“They can try this by way of following our anti-burglary advice.”

Advice on deterring would-be burglars

Cheshire Constabulary has released a few pointers and hints on the way to deter would-be burglars from trying to make off with your possessions.

Homes and cars

Ensure that every one window are closed and doorways are locked at your house, even while you are at domestic or inside the lawn
Use protection devices, which includes steering locks, to hold vehicles secure
Never go away your automobile keys, residence keys, purse or pockets on display near a door or window
Use the security measures on modern home windows, which allow them to permit a few air in but nonetheless be locked
Keep all valuables out of sight of prying eyes
Always keep away from retaining huge amounts of coins in your house
If you are replacing or becoming new doorways and windows, get ones which can be certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doorways, as well as locks to all windows which might be easy to attain
Have a burglar alarm fitted, however, make sure that it’s miles mounted nicely and works.

Outbuildings

Never leave a storage, shed or other outbuilding unlocked and clean prey for opportunist thieves
Fit robust padlocks to outbuilding doors and make certain that the doors are stable sufficient no longer to be kicked in
Good outside security lighting can take away or draw attention to a thief – the maximum appropriate form is high efficiency low energy lighting managed by way of a nightfall-to-dawn transfer so that it handiest comes on while it’s far darkish
If you’ve got outside security lighting fixtures that comes on while sensing movement, make sure that the lights are directed downwards to prevent them from being disturbing to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic
Strong fencing or gates will make it tough for intruders to get onto your land
Solid fences or walls, mainly those with a flat or rounded pinnacle, are surprisingly easy for a burglar to climb over – solving trellising to the pinnacle could make it extra difficult
Check for weak spots in which a thief may want to get onto your land, which include a low or sagging fence or a returned gate with a susceptible lock
A thorny hedge alongside the boundary of your own home can position thieves off, as can gravel regions because of the noise of on foot on them.

Businesses

Be privy to humans loitering close to your premises
Be suspicious of people in motors watching the business, in particular if this takes place extra than as soon as
Be alert for the uncommon, inclusive of people searching nervous and anybody showing unreasonable interest in security or team of workers numbers
Check the identity of non-consumer traffic, such as alarm engineers, surveyors and many others, and make contact with the companies they claim to represent before allowing get right of entry to
Encourage team of workers to suppose seriously approximately weaknesses in security and speak them with control
Seek recommendation from professional insurers and agents
Keep as little coins as possible inside the premises
Do not count cash within the view of every person else
Locate any tills away from front/exit doors – this lessens vulnerability to till snatches
Transfer excess cash to somewhere secure – you do now not want a large wide variety of notes in tills
Restrict get entry to to the rear of counters by means of always securing lockable doorways and counter flaps
If massive quantities of coins want to be banked or accumulated on a ordinary basis, the safest approach is to appoint a recognized coins sporting employer
Consider extra safety gadget consisting of plastic till guards, smoke and dye money packs, a pneumatic coins switch device, external get admission to and time delay safes, counter caches, anti-bandit or bullet resistant glass and fast-growing displays.