Burglar caught in the act

PUBLISHED: 10:05 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 15 June 2010

THE police have warned people to be security conscious after a recent creeper" burglary.

THE police have warned people to be security conscious after a recent "creeper" burglary.The burglar was disturbed in the act at a Seaton home in the early hours of the morning - and ran off. The case was highlighted at a meeting of Seaton Town Council, when Inspector Jim Gale pointed out that while "creeper" burglaries - when the occupants are at home - are rare in East Devon, people should take certain precautions.He said: "Particularly in the summer months, people need to be wary about leaving doors and windows open. It may be hot, but people need to be mindful of their personal safety."It is a concern, especially if people are vulnerable. If they challenge the burglar they might put themselves at risk."Sergeant Gary Phillips said: "We are not experiencing a wave of these, but we have had one, and that is one too many. "The best thing people can do to protect themselves is to get good security systems and be careful about what they talk about when out socially (ie don't boast about your new TV system) as you never know who's listening. "And get a dog, or lots of dogs, as burglars don't like to be bitten.


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