A SPATE of burglaries has caused worry among residents in Longlevens.
There were five domestic burglaries reported in just four days with a number of high value items taken.
Offenders forced their way into properties between Friday, March 28, and Tuesday, April 1, taking jewellery, cash and digital cameras.
Helen Roberts, owner of community café Ell’s Kitchen, in Cheltenham Road, said: “There is a lot of concern.
“All of our customers are talking about it and our elderly customers are very worried.
“It is just dreadful.
“We have installed CCTV because we are seeing some strange activity.
“Everyone needs to be vigilant and take precautions.”
City councillor Paul James (Con, Longlevens) took to Twitter to warn residents.
Speaking to the Citizen he said: “It is a worrying number of break-ins.
“Occasionally we have spates of burglaries or car crime but on the whole it is a low crime area.”
Door-to-door and forensic inquiries have taken place in Longlevens following the spate of burglaries.
The first incident took place on Saturday, March 29, at a property in Park Avenue.
Nine pieces of jewellery, a Canon digital camera and cash were taken.
Another property in Park Avenue was forced into between 1pm on Friday, March 28, and 2pm on Sunday, March 30, but nothing was taken.
Jewellery and a GoPro digital camera were taken from a property in Oxstalls Lane between 12.30pm on Saturday, March 29 and 11.45am on Sunday, March 30.
Meanwhile, offenders forced their way into a property in Church Road overnight on Monday, March 31, and stole cash, a Canon digital camera and a watch.
An attempted burglary was also reported in Church Road on Tuesday, April 1.
Police are calling on homeowners to take simple steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.
Mark Godsland, crime reduction advisor, said: “Despite the warm weather home and business owners should keep doors and windows closed and locked as much as possible - even if there is someone on the premises.
"Any valuable items or items of great sentimental value, should be property marked to make them easily identifiable in the event of a burglary.
"Sheds are favourite targets for criminals because many can be broken into relatively easily.
"Check the vulnerability of the shed and make it more secure by investing in metal grills for windows, reinforced hinges and strong locks and shed alarms.”
Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call Gloucestershire Police on 101 quoting incident 44 of April 1.