Berkshire

Burglars raid 32 east Berkshire homes in a week

A spate of burglaries has seen 32 homes raided in east Berkshire in a week.

Ten properties in Maidenhead were burgled over the weekend, but there have also been a number of break-ins in Windsor and Ascot.

Police said the total number of burglaries for the year was only up by 1.6%, but the recent trend was a "worrying spike".

A team of detectives are investigating the latest incidents and extra patrols have been set up in "hot spots".

Police figures showed there had been 639 dwelling burglaries between 1 April 2010 and 17 January - compared to 629 in the same period the year before.

Caroline Heard, crime reduction advisor, said: "Everyone across the borough should be taking the necessary precautions to reduce their chances of being targeted.

"[But] some people still leave their doors and windows unlocked, making them an easy target."

Despite the recent increase, Thames Valley Police said burglary levels had "continuously fallen" in the Royal Borough over the past two years.

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