Police have issued the warning as they investigate reports of men who tried doors to properties in Rowland Avenue, Mapperley, and Bailey Close, Daybrook, in an attempt to gain entry during the early hours of Sunday (January 17, 2021).
During the Rowland Avenue incident two men tried to gain entry via the side door of the property by snapping the lock and during the Bailey Close incident two suspects tried the door before leaving.
Detectives are also investigating a report where two suspects drilled a rear door lock of a property in Northcliffe Avenue, Mapperley, between 11.15pm on 9 January 2021 and 3am on 10 January 2021, and gained entry before stealing the victim’s Mercedes.
Inspector Chris Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We take burglary reports such as this very seriously and will always proactively investigate reported incidents and work hard to make arrests.
“The local neighbourhood policing team and force resources have been tasked to patrol these areas overnight but I’m also appealing to members of the public to report any suspicious incidents or activity to us by calling 101 and for residents to also be vigilant.
“Burglary is usually an opportunist offence, with burglars looking for the easiest way of getting into your home without being seen or disturbed.
“Many burglaries happen because a door has been left unlocked or window has been left open, which is really an open invitation for burglars.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure your front and back doors are locked and your windows are closed and locked, even when you’re in the house.
“Exterior security lighting and smart technology, such as doorbell cameras, can also act as a deterrent and I’d like to remind people to ensure that any intruder alarms are set.
“Lock snapping can be prevented by purchasing and fitting anti-lock snapping barrels. We recommend using an approved and registered locksmith for this.”
Insp Pearson added: “To avoid becoming a victim of burglary make sure that any house or car keys are never kept near any of your external doors or windows, or in porches or hallways, and that they are kept out of sight and locked away.
“If you have a keyless entry system to your vehicle we’d also advise you to find out if it can be switched off overnight, to prevent thieves using digital scanners from detecting and relaying its signal. Speak to your dealer about software updates and whether new key fobs with added security are available.
“Consider purchasing a Faraday pouch to keep your car key in. These pouches contain signal-blocking materials that stop your key transmitting its code, preventing crooks from being able to detect and amplify the signal. Don’t forget about your spare key! Make sure you test your signal blocking pouch or choose one that has the Secured by Design accreditation.”
Anyone who has any information about the incidents as stated is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident numbers 61 of 17 January 2021 (Rowland Avenue attempted burglary), 100 of 17 January 2021 (Bailey Close attempted burglary) or 130 of 10 January (Northcliffe Avenue burglary).
For more information on how to protect your home visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/document/advice-home
More advice on keyless car security and general advice on protecting your vehicle can be found here https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/vehicle