Burglars use METAL POLE to grab keys to Salisbury home

Burglars use METAL POLE to grab keys to Salisbury home

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 1:33pm 2nd December 2019. (Updated at 1:34pm 2nd December 2019)

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The property in Marlborough Road was broken into last week.

Police say the offender(s) jumped over a the wall of the back garden, pulled open a utility room window and used a metal pole to hook out the back door keys which ha been left on a nearby work surface.

They then opened the back door with the key, fortunately they were unable to gain entry to the main house and nothing was disturbed or stolen.

It's thought the suspects may have been disturbed by the homeowner's dogs barking.

The incident was reported to police last Tuesday morning ( 26th November).



Wiltshire Police advise making sure all keys purses and wallets are kept out of sight and away from the letterbox.

Additional safety advice includes:

    • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even if you're in the garden, and make sure you have approved locks or bolts on all doors and windows
    • Never leave a spare key in a hiding place like in a plant pot or letterbox - a thief knows all the hiding places
    • Consider installing a burglar alarm, and only use a company that is registered or certified with the NSI or the SSIAB
    • Make sure that you have up to date contents insurance
    • Register all serial numbers from electrical items, tools and garden equipment with Immobilise.com (the free national property register). Mark items without serial numbers with an artificial DNA property marker such as Smartwater or SelectaDNA
    • Do not keep large amounts of cash at home - it is much safer in a bank or building society
    • Trim back any plants and hedges at the front of your property to no higher than 1 metre to remove hiding places
    • Always report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel
    • Use a timer to set lights to mimic your usual activity when you are not at home
    • Take photographs of all jewellery including hallmarks and keep them safe. Also consider using an artificial DNA property marker on jewellery or other valuable items
    • Make sure any bolts are low enough so they cannot be opened by reaching over the top of the gate.
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