Merseyside Police Detectives are appealing for information after several burglaries from student accommodation in Liverpool took place between Tuesday 15 November and Saturday 26 November.
Three occurred in flats in Wavertree and Toxteth and a further seven occurred in houses in Liverpool.
Several items including laptops and MacBooks were stolen from the properties during separate incidents. Car keys and a Blue Fiat 500 were also taken from an address on Hartington Road in Liverpool.
Detective Inspector Steven Byrom said, “It appears that the offenders are attempting to force entry via windows.
“I would like to reassure residents that we are thoroughly investigating each crime and doing all we can to bring these offenders to justice. Local policing are also stepping up patrols in the area and will speak to any residents who have concerns about the recent burglaries.
“This type of crime can have a lasting effect on the victims involved, from the shock and unease felt by having somebody invade your home, the inconvenience of losing property, through to the fear and psychological impacts.
“If you live in the area and you know anything about the burglaries please check your CCTV and doorbell footage to see if you have captured any suspicious activity from Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 26 November.
“Burglary offences have decreased year on year across Merseyside thanks largely to Operation Castle, an operation targeted at reducing burglaries, bringing offenders to justice, and ultimately sparing residents the anguish of being a victim of burglary.
“The support of our communities is vital in helping us put offenders behind bars.”
If you discover video footage on your home security camera, smart doorbell or even a dashcam that shows someone acting suspiciously on your property, you can upload it for the attention of the Operation Castle team using this link:
DI Byrom continued, “I also urge residents to take a look at the information below which provides advice of the different ways you can make your homes unattractive targets for would-be criminals in the lead-up to Christmas. Advice is available on our website for locks, cameras and other measures to bring greater security and peace of mind.”
Watch out for our Christmas crime prevention campaign ‘Operation Shepherd’ which launches soon. You can find lots of information about crime prevention on the Merseyside Police website at Crime prevention advice | Merseyside Police and follow the hashtag #OpShepherd on social media throughout December to see how police are catching burglars and protecting people from crime.
You can also report any concerns to police on 999 if a crime is in progress, via 101, or via Twitter @MerPolCC.
You can also pass information via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org