POLICE have issued advice following a spate of Burglary incidents in Cheshire

Offenders attempted to gain entry to a shop and four houses in the Grappenhall and Stockton Heath areas between 10pm on Saturday, April 17 and 6am on Sunday, April 18.

Car keys were stolen from one of the houses.

The incidents are believed to be linked.

Two young men were seen acting suspiciously in the areas when the incidents took place.

They were white and were wearing hooded tops.

One of them had his hood over his head and the other was wearing a baseball cap.

Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone with any information or footage that may help their investigation to get in touch.

Detective Constable Ian Morris, of Warrington Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “Thankfully, the only thing that was stolen were the car keys.

“However, being targeted by burglars is a very distressing experience, whether the incident occurs in your home or at your business premises.

“We are determined to establish who committed the offences in the Church Lane, Chester Road and Thelwall New Road areas of Grappenhall and the Victoria Road and Ellesmere Road areas of Stockton Heath and make them face the consequences of their actions.

“We believe that the incidents are linked and that the offenders were walking around the areas looking for insecure properties to steal from.

“If you were in the areas between 10pm on Saturday 17 April and 6am on Sunday 18 April and witnessed anything suspicious, please let us know.

“Perhaps you think you saw the offenders, or have dashcam footage of them.

“I also ask anyone with CCTV cameras in those areas to check their footage to see if it shows anything that may be relevant to our investigation.

“We also want to hear from anyone who thinks they may know who the burglars are.”

Anyone with information or footage that may aid the investigation is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 966664, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The force’s tips for protecting properties and deterring burglars include:


Ensure that all windows are closed and doors are locked at your property, even when you are at home or in the garden

Never leave your house keys, car keys, purse or wallet on display near a door or window

Use the security measures on modern windows which allow them to let some air in but still be locked

Keep all valuables out of sight of prying eyes

If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)

Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors, as well as locks to all windows which are easy to reach

Have a burglar alarm fitted at your home, but make sure that it is installed properly and works

Good external security lighting can put off or draw attention to a burglar – the most appropriate form is high efficiency low energy lighting controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch so that it only comes on when it is dark

If you have external security lighting that comes on when sensing movement, make sure that the lights are directed downwards to prevent them from being annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic

Strong fencing or gates will make it difficult for burglars to get onto your land

Solid fences or walls, particularly those with a flat or rounded top, are relatively easy for a burglar to climb over – fixing trellising to the top can make it more difficult

Check for weak spots where a burglar could get onto your land, such as a low or sagging fence or a back gate with a weak lock

A thorny hedge along the boundary of your property can put burglars off, as can gravel areas due to the noise of walking on them.


Be aware of people loitering near your premises

Be suspicious of people in vehicles watching the business, particularly if this happens more than once

Be alert for the unusual, such as people looking nervous and anyone showing unreasonable interest in security or staff numbers

Encourage staff to think critically about weaknesses in security and discuss them with management

Seek advice from specialist insurers and brokers

Keep as little cash as possible in the premises

Do not count cash within the view of anyone else

Locate any tills away from entrance/exit doors

Transfer excess cash to somewhere safe – you do not need a large number of notes in tills

If large amounts of cash need to be banked or collected on a regular basis, the safest method is to employ a recognised cash carrying company

Consider extra security equipment such as plastic till guards, smoke and dye money packs, a pneumatic cash transfer system, external access and time delay safes, counter caches, anti-bandit or bullet resistant glass and fast-rising screens.