Good Morning Councillor Phil BATEMAN
West Midlands Police has released images of people they want to trace in connection with a series of rush robberies in which victims have been attacked in their own homes in Wolverhampton.
The individuals pictured are suspected of being involved in house raids that have seen victims threatened with weapons before jewellery and cash was stolen.
Thieves struck at five homes spread across Bradley, Chapel Ash, Bescot, Pleck, West Bromwich, and Wednesbury between the 13 and 18 January. A further three raids took place last night, all in Wolverhampton.
Up to five Eastern European suspects are understood to have burst into homes and on some occasions used bleach and cleaning fluids on the hands of victims in a sub-standard attempt to clean DNA evidence.
West Midlands Police Force CID Inspector Ade George said: We are currently investigating five crimes across Wolverhampton, and a further three on Sandwell and Walsall. Force has been used on a number of occasions and victims left traumatised by the experience.”
We believe these criminals scope areas for homes that could be potential targets, I ask people to be aware of individuals or vehicles in their area acting suspiciously. If you are in any doubt, call police.
People who behave in this way deserve no protection, we need people to come forward and tell us who they suspect is involved so we can take action, identify and bring those responsible for these burglaries to justice.”
also like to ask for residents who are reading this in the news or on social media, to help us inform the wider community by sharing this information with neighbours, friends and family members.”
Information on how to protect your home can be found on our website: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/darker-nights/burglary
We are also issuing this advice for jewellery owners:
Keep the jewellery in a safe place and locked up if possible
Consider installing a safe at home which is securely fixed to the floor or wall. Speak to your insurance company and ensure you have a safe that offers the correct level of protection
Ensure that the jewellery is insured
Consider storing high valuable items elsewhere such as in a bank or safety deposit box; contact your bank for details
Make a list of all jewellery stored in your house with a description of each item
Photograph all pieces of jewellery against a plain background with the ruler next to them to give an idea of size
Make sure your home is kept secure at all times: keep windows and doors locked, switch lights on when going out to make your home look occupied, use burglar alarms and install dusk till dawn security lights on the outside of your property
If you are buying jewellery as a gift, dont leave it or its packaging on display. Follow as much of the above advice as possible to keep it safe.
For approved and tested products visit www.securedbydesign.com
Anyone with information, or who has been offered Asian or high value gold for sale, is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101.
Alternatively information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.