New Mills crooks rumbled trying to steal keys through cat flap

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A home owner caught would-be thieves in the act as they tried to steal house keys through a cat flap in the early hours of the morning.

The incident happened yesterday (Wednesday, December 3) at a property in Laneside Road, New Mills, between 12.30am and 1am.

The offenders, who were both described as men and of large build, ran away without gaining entry or taking the keys.

One of the men was described as wearing a black hooded jacket.

Officers are now appealing for anyone with any information or who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area to come forward.

The incident has prompted a police warning to urge residents to report incidents or suspicious activity to them straight away by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Home owners are also being encouraged to take extra security steps in the run up to Christmas to protect their property from being targeted by thieves. Advice includes:

Ensure that windows and doors are properly secure before leaving the house or going to bed;

Make sure that house and vehicle keys are stored out of view and not left in the lock overnight;

Always leave a light on if going out after dark and consider using light bulb timers to help deter a criminal;

Keep valuables out of view of passers-by;

Ensure that vehicles, bikes and outbuildings are properly secure and that no valuables are left on show;

Have your bikes security marked and consider purchasing a top quality lock.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Sergeant Phil Booth on 101 quoting crime number 51176/14 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For crime prevention advice or to speak to the New Mills Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101 and follow the team on Twitter: @NewMillsSNT