Crime prevention advice after burglar jailed for Horley and Lingfield offences
Homeowners are being urged to take on board crime prevention advice following the jailing of a burglar for offences committed in Horley and Lingfield.
Paul Hayward, pictured left, of Northcote Road Croydon, entered the first property via an unlocked back door and the second by using a spade from an unlocked shed to force open a window frame.
The 49-year-old was arrested and charged having been identified and tracked down through CCTV.
Officer in charge of the case, Police Constable Lewis Stoy said:
“Burglary can be an extremely traumatic and emotional experience for the victims so we’re pleased that Paul Hayward has received a custodial sentence and will be spending the next three years in prison.
“Hayward acted without a care for the victims by breaking into their homes, rummaging through their personal belongings and picking and choosing items to remove at his will.
“Burglary is taken extremely seriously in Surrey. To help protect your home, make sure all doors and windows are locked when not in use or if you are in an adjoining garage or property, and even if you’re just out in the garden. Car and house keys should be kept securely and away from doors, letterboxes and windows were opportunist thieves could reach. Even the simplest of crime prevention measures can deter burglars.
“It’s also hugely important that communities play their part and report any suspicious activity around premises. By making that report you could be responsible for preventing an unknown number of offences and also helping us find an offender who is already responsible for other crimes.”
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox)
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Mark your property with a forensic marking product and register your property with Immobilise
For more information please visit www.surrey.police.uk/burglary
On Tuesday, 1 May, Hayward gained access to a detached property in Oakwood Road, Horley, where items of jewellery and money were stolen from the property. He gained access through an unlocked patio door while the owners were working in the garage.
Officers were able to obtain CCTV images placing Hayward at the address at the time of the burglary.
A second property was burgled on Monday, 14 May in Lingfield, where a shovel was removed from the victim’s unlocked shed and used to pry open a window before jewellery and expensive watches were stolen, along with the victim’s bank card.
Hayward appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 12 July where he pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary and was jailed for three years.