Police are urging people to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries.

Detectives are investigating more than 20 incidents that have taken place since 1st August in Jaywick, Clacton, St Osyth, Dovercourt, Harwich, Lawford and Thorpe-le-Soken. In most cases, doors or windows were not securely locked. In five cases, the victims were outside in the garden or driveway at the time.

Detective Constable Andy Dodd, of Clacton CID, said: “The items stolen have included handbags, purses and jewelry, and in some cases the thieves have then used their victims’ bank cards to withdraw money from cash machines. We are continuing our investigations and have already charged one person in relation to one of the offences”.

“I would urge residents to please ensure their doors and windows are securely locked, even if they are just popping out for a short while. Ensure that UPVC doors are double locked by pushing up the handle and locking with the key, and put all valuables out of sight of any opportunistic burglars.”

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries is asked to call Clacton CID on 101.

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