Elderly Couple Tell Of Burglary Nightmare
7:28am 5th December 2013
An elderly couple from Dorchester is warning people to make sure their homes are safe from burglars this Christmas.
Offenders smashed through a door and turned their home upside down before stealing their car during a raid this summer.
The 65-year-old victim said: "I was really shocked when I found out. We have never been burgled before and moved to Dorset because it was a safer place to live.
"They upturned every room in the house, even the attic. This type of crime never leaves you. Whenever we return from holiday the key goes in the door and we wonder what we are going to find inside.
Dorset Police says crime traditionally increases in the county over the festive period with 164 burglaries in December 2012. Although that figure is high compared to other winter months, it is less than the figure for December 2011 - 201.
Detective Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset Police's Priority Crime Team, is calling on residents to take some simple crime prevention steps to make sure burglars don't ruin their Christmas.
He said: "Ensuring valuables and presents are not left on display and making sure that all windows and doors are securely locked when leaving the property will reduce the chances of being burgled.
"Burglaries tend to increase over the festive season due to the longer hours of darkness and because criminals know people will have valuables and presents in their homes."
DI Dixey says members of the public with devices such as iPads, smartphones and laptops should consider downloading tracker apps, and that people should never be worried about phoning them;
"If you do see people acting suspiciously or strangely, we would much rather come out to a false alarm, than discover 24 hours later a burglary has occurred and we could have acted there and then."