South Yorkshire Police urge residents to change their locks

Alison Law of Dykes Lane,Wisewood, with her 12 months old daughter Laney.
Alison Law of Dykes Lane,Wisewood, with her 12 months old daughter Laney.

Police are urging residents to step up their security in the run-up to Christmas – following the theft of jewellery and computer games worth thousands of pounds.

Officers investigating two break-ins and an attempted burglary in Woodhouse believe them to be the work of the same offender or gang and are urging residents to improve their home security.

All properties, which were targeted on Thursday afternoon, had factory standard Euro cylinder-style locks fitted to their doors.

In the first burglary in Driver Street, Woodhouse Mill, the offender forced a rear door and stole games consoles and jewellery, including a £1,500 watch.

Another rear door in Badger Road, Woodhouse, was forced and jewellery, including a £1,000 ring, was taken.

A door of a house in Severnside Drive was also tampered with, but the offender did not get in.

Chief Inspector Richard Lambert, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “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 seconds.

“Newer locks comprise of more parts, making it tougher for criminals to get through even if they try.

“I’d urge residents to check which locks they have on their doors and, if they are the old type, to put new locks on their Christmas list.”

Earlier this week a spate of burglaries was committed in and around Hillsborough, including one in Dykes Lane at the home of Alison Law, Scott Smith and their little girl Laney Law-Smith, where a laptop computer containing irreplaceable photos of 11-month-old Laney were stolen.

A car and TV, which have since been recovered, were also taken in the raid.

Jack Walker, aged 20, of Crowder Crescent, Longley, has been charged with burglary and theft and remanded in custody pending a court appearance.