Residents' watchfulness could prevent burglaries
6:04pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A RESIDENT'S vigilance could have prevented a burglary in Gloucester yesterday.
The member of the public called police just after midday on Monday (October 14) to report two boys throwing small items believed to be stones at houses and acting suspiciously in Kingsmead in Abbeymead.
The police helicopter and a police dog were used to search for the pair as they ran through local streets and gardens.
Both boys were tracked down and spoken to.
No offences are believed to have taken place in the area.
Sergeant Jon Testar said: "We've asked for the public's support in calling in suspicious incidents as soon as possible and this represents an excellent response by the community and our officers as part of Operation Switch.
"These actions could have been a precursor to a burglary and it was essential we got there quickly.
"The last 24 hours of Operation Switch has seen just one burglary but we want to keep people aware and alert to the danger as the nights get darker.
"We're continuing to run crime prevention events in the upcoming weeks and would also urge people to review the security advice at gloucestershire.police.uk."
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on warrant for breach of a youth order in connection with the incident and is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court today (Tuesday October 15).