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Shock rise in home break-ins

PUBLISHED: 16:10 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:28 25 August 2010

A RISE in domestic burglaries has left residents in an affluent area living in fear. Burglaries in West Greenwich have shot up by a third in the last year despite an overall fall in home burglaries across London.

A RISE in domestic burglaries has left residents in an affluent area living in fear.

Burglaries in West Greenwich have shot up by a third in the last year despite an overall fall in home burglaries across London.

The ward saw 29 burglaries per 1,000 residents last year, compared to a London average of 14.

Claire Lees, 23, of Point Hill, West Greenwich, was woken at 5.30am on February 19 by teenagers climbing across her roof after an attempted robbery in Hyde Vale.

She said: "I was frightened but more just shocked that they were so young.

"They threw rubber gloves into our flower beds so they seemed professional."

Two boys, aged 15 and 17, were caught in Maidstone Hill and arrested and have been bailed to return to police on April 1.

Miss Lees' shared home has been burgled of laptops and televisions twice since she moved to West Greenwich from Putney last October.

The PR executive said: "I came in from work to find the place broken into.

"I called the police three times and then they called at 2am and said they were not going to come that night.

"The second time it happened they came over within two hours because I cried down the phone. We now have alarms on all the windows."

Residential burglaries throughout Greenwich rose by 11 per cent last year to 2,104.

Bromley had 1,809 homes burgled last year, a drop of 13.5 per cent, but in Bexley the number rose over 14 per cent to 1,238.

A spokesperson for Greenwich police said: "We are committed to reducing burglaries, all over the borough.

"We have a burglary squad in place dedicated to investigating burglaries and targeting offenders."

If you have information on a burglary call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Greenwich Burglary Squad on 02088 55 1212.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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