May 2019

Burglaries Brett Vale area Babergh

The following is a Police Connect message. 

Police are advising residents to pay extra attention to home security with the onset of the warm weather and lighter evenings - often seen as an opportunist time for burglars.

 Following a number of burglaries in the Brett Vale area of Babergh recently due to insecurities, Suffolk police are urging residents not to make it easy for potential thieves and consider the following advice;


  • Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
  • Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
  • Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof
  • Remove the keys and keep them in a safe place. However, everyone should know where the keys are kept so they can escape in an emergency.
  • Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
  • Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden. Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.


  • Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
  • ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
  • Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
  • You could also consider installing a Ring doorbell camera in order to potentially film an opportunist burglar in action. For more information, visit
  • Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.


  • Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
  • Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
  • Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
  • Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
  • Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.

For further crime prevention advice visit our website

Burglaries have occurred during the daytime in Holton St Mary on Monday 20th May, Raydon on Thursday 16th May and Hadleigh – Saturday 4th, and Sunday 12th May. 

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The following message is sent on behalf of Derbyshire Police -

 Derbyshire Police are attempting to trace Stephen Archer, 48, who absconded from Sudbury open prison on Wednesday 15th May.

 Archer was convicted of murder in 1993.

He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall and of slight build. He has a shaved head, blue eyes and has a cross tattoo on the inside of his right forearm and a dagger tattoo on his left forearm.

 Archer is believed to have links to Nottingham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk.

 Members of the public are asked not to approach Archer, but to dial 999 immediately if they see him.

 If you have recently seen him, or have information about where he may be, please contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

 Please quote reference number 625 of May 15 in any correspondence.

 Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact

Website – complete the online contact form

  • Phone – call us on 101.

 You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.






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