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News Archive > General > Police issue alert over burglaries

Police issue alert over burglaries

By Warren Wilkins 22nd November 2017

Police issue alert over burglaries
Michal Ziarek getting into a Mercedes in Newquay last Thursday.

NEWQUAY CID are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted in connection with a spate of burglaries in the Newquay area.

Polish-born Michal Ziarek, aged 32, has links to both Newquay and Bodmin. Images have been released of Ziarek, including two of him about to enter a silver Mercedes, which were taken in Newquay on the morning of Thursday, November 16.

The police are urging anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward. Meanwhile the police have issued burglary prevention advice following the series of break-ins.

Darral Mares, the police neighbourhood beat manager for Newquay rural, said: “We have had an increase of dwelling burglaries within Newquay and the surrounding areas. Please consider the following advice.

“Research suggests that people that commit burglary will look to establish if there is anybody at home, CCTV covering the area or property, a security alarm system fitted and an easy way in.

“Would they be seen when trying to get in? In most cases the thieves do not even have to use force. Perpetrators get in through an open door or window. What can you do to reduce the likelihood of this happening? People can consider using ‘signs of occupancy’. When you go out leave your lights on as if you were at home.

“Use timers or other devices if appropriate. Leave the television or radio on. There are devices available that can create such effects.

“Close the curtains or blinds or ask a neighbour to do this for you at the appropriate time. Leave a car on the drive, or offer the space to a neighbour or friend to use in your absence.

“If you don’t have a CCTV system then give careful consideration to whether it would be
appropriate, realistic and cost-effective to have one.

“If you already have a CCTV system make sure it is operational, covering the appropriate area and recording images that are of the required quality, so that they can be used by police to identify offenders if crime occurs.

“A security alarm system fitted to any house is a deterrent. Ensure windows and doors are always secure and  keep keys safe. Conduct your own security survey. How would you get in if you’d forgotten your keys? If you can get in, so can a burglar. Are there places where they could break in without being seen? Would they have to make a lot of noise by breaking glass?”

Anyone who knows of Ziarek’s whereabouts or can help police with their inquiries can call 101 or email 101@dc.police. uk, quoting crime reference CR/097669/17. People can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

By Warren Wilkins 22nd November 2017

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