Barry residents are being urged to take extra care to secure their homes following a number of attempted burglaries in the town in recent weeks.
Officers are currently investigating several break-ins and attempted break-ins at residential and commercial properties in the area, and are appealing to the public to take simple but necessary steps to try and minimise the risk of falling victim to thieves.
Detective Sergeant Chris Warner said: “We don’t want to alarm the public, but we do want to highlight what has been taking place in the area in recent weeks so that people can act to protect their homes and their property.
“There are numerous crime prevention measures that can be put in place to deter a burglar such as locking doors and windows, installing an alarm or CCTV, and not leaving valuables items such as iPads and car keys on show. Many devices now also include tracking software – if yours does, please make sure the option is enabled.”
In addition to taking action to safeguard their own property, residents are also being encouraged to be alert and report any suspicious activity to the police.
DS Warner added: “The public are our eyes and ears. Burglars often live in, or near, the very communities in which they operate, so we would ask that the public work with us to keep the area safe, reporting any suspicious behaviour or information to us via 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Extra patrols are taking place as officers work hard to prevent further offences and identify who is responsible. Information is also being distributed by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to encourage residents to secure their homes at all times and report suspicious incidents.