West Midlands Police have warned of a spike in burglaries in Sutton Coldfield, with 12 homes targeted in as many days.

In all, eight homes on estates across the borough were burgled and four others suffered attempted break-ins during a 12-day spree this month.

Police are now urging residents to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour as well as taking any necessary steps to protect their homes, such as fitting additional security measures.

Since the start of November there have been burglaries in Churchill Road, Falcon Lodge, Roylesden Crescent, New Oscott and Yeomans Way and Wheatmore Way, Wheatcroft Close, Roughley, Garnett Drive, Whitehouse Common, Banners Gate Road, Vesey and Silver Birch Coppice, Four Oaks.

There were attempted break-ins at four other homes in Walmley and Four Oaks.

West Midlands Police Special Constable Rachel French said: “We have recently seen a rise in burglaries in Sutton Coldfield both during the day and at night.”

“We had some great intelligence recently from a vigilant member of the public which resulted in two prolific offenders being stopped and arrested.”

Residents were warned to ensure ladders were stored away or secured with a bicycle lock after they were used in a number of the offences.

Rob Allsopp, Director of Sutton Coldfield based security provider Protect and Serve said: “We are at the forefront of the safety industry offering a wide range of protection, detection and monitored alarm systems.”

“We ensure that we also have the resources in place to provide an emergency response, making sure our customers are protected and can feel safe and never alone.”

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