A RECENT spate of burlgaries in a rural village has prompted more police patrols.
Since January there has been three break-ins in Llanuwchllyn, near Bala.
County councillor for Llanuwchllyn, Alan Jones Evans has assured residents that North Wales Police have their presence in the village and inquiries are on-going.
He said: “There have been a number of break-ins at properties in Llanuwchllyn, Y Bala, over recent weeks. As part of an on-going police inquiry, one man is assisting North Wales Police with their enquiries.
“As the local county councillor for the area, I will be meeting with Inspector Mark Armstrong, the area’s inspector this week to discuss the community’s concerns.
“I will also be requesting a meeting between North Wales Police and Llanuwchllyn community councillors, so we work together to tackle this issue.”
In January, thieves entered two semi-detached houses in the village and stole keys, alcohol and small items of antiques including ornaments and a table.
In the original police appeal, civilian investigator Maldwyn Roberts said: “This is a crime fortunately not common in the area however this is an opportune time to remind all house holders to be vigilant and always ensure your property is locked and secured.”
But in February sometime between 11.30pm on Tuesday 4 and 7.30am the following day February 5 thieves entered a house in Llanuwchlyn and “made off with a purse containing cash and credit cards”.
During the appeal, Detective Sergeant Gerwyn Thomas, at Porthmadog CID, said: “The investigation into residential burglaries is a priority for all officers in this area but it must be emphasised we still need assistance from our local communities to both reduce incidents of this nature and identify those responsible.
“It is worth reminding all house holders to be vigilant at all times, always ensure your property is locked and secured and if you see any suspicious behaviour contact police immediately.”
Cllr Jones Evans added: “Police presence in the area has been heightened prior to these events, and a higher visibility of police officers is seen patrolling the village day and night.
“These incidents are now too frequent for this rural area, and I would urge people to be vigilant.
“Ensure properties are secure, garages and sheds are locked and contact North Wales Police on 101 or 0300 330 0101 if you see anything out of the ordinary. Local people are the eyes and ears of the authorities, so let’s work together in this close-knit community to assist the police with their investigation.”
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