Try the interactive burglary map of Cambridgeshire
Our interactive map shows where burglaries occurred in Cambridgeshire over the course of a year.
Click on one of the icons and you can see general location details, the month the crime occurred and the outcome.
The map, which we created by bringing together police data on 4,451 burglaries, is separated into four colour-coded layers, each representing three-month periods. Click on the icon at the top left to show the layers, which can be toggled on and off so you can see how the frequency of burglaries altered over the seasons.
Summer burglaries are marked by purple icons, autumn's are in blue, winter burglaries are marked in red and spring's are in green.
Zoom in using the + and - symbols, and scroll around the map by dragging it. Click on the symbol in the top right to view the map as a full screen.
In the period covered, which runs from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019, it is the winter months in which the most burglaries occurred.
However, Cambridgeshire police issued a warning in early July over a spike in burglaries in Cambridge over the past couple of months.
Detectives urged residents to ensure their windows and doors were secure when they leave home and that their locks were in full working order.
Det Sgt James Rabbett, who is investigating, said: “We’ve seen a rise in burglaries across the north and south of the city, with more than 40 similar incidents over the past two months.
“It seems that flats and apartments, particularly those with communal access points and trade buttons are being targeted. The break-ins tend to happen during the day when people are out at work.”
Police urged anyone living in a building with communal access to challenge anyone who is not a resident or should not be in the block, if they feel safe to do so, or to make a note of their appearance.
To report a burglary, dial 101 or visit https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-a-crime. If you believe an intruder is still inside your home, call 999.
Cambridgeshire police also issues the following advice on reducing your risk of being burgled:
How to reduce your chance of being burgled
Homes without basic security features are five times more likely to be burgled than homes with security.
- lock doors, windows, side gates and outbuildings every time you leave your house, even if you’re just out in the garden
- secure bikes by locking them to an immovable object inside a locked shed or garage
- store high value items, such as jewellery and passports, in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
Hide items from view
- keep all keys out of sight and away from letterboxes
- keep ladders and tools stored away
- remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- at Christmas, don’t leave presents that can be seen through windows
- don’t advertise expensive electrical item purchases by leaving the packaging out by your bins. Put the packaging out on your bin collection day.
Install home security
- install a visible burglar alarm
- have good outdoor lighting or motion sensor security lights
- install a driveway alarm, which acts as a deterrent to protect your home perimeter
- plant spiky plants in vulnerable areas.
Immobilise is a free national facility that allows you to record your personal property and belongings. If a registered item is lost or stolen, it can easily be returned to you if any of the items are recovered by an officer.
Leaving your home for long periods of time
When you go away, there are some extra precautions to take to prevent your home from looking empty:
- ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home
- think about subscribing to your local Neighbourhood Watch
- leave radios or lights on, or on a timer, to make your home appear occupied
- avoid posting holiday plans or movements on social media
- cancel milk or newspaper deliveries before you go away to avoid a build-up.
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