Thieves targeting houses and outbuildings in the Candover Valley. 

Thieves targeting houses and outbuildings in the Candover Valley. 

Thieves have attacked two houses in Preston Candover and others in Cliddesden in recent weeks in a search for high value agricultural and garden equipment and tools.  They travel out of London and northern areas of Surrey, using minor roads and country lanes to avoid being picked up by police video and automatic number plate recognition cameras (anpro), and Highways traffic cameras.

Houses in Cliddesden were attacked in the middle of a Sunday afternoon while residents were out walking, and expensive power tools were taken.  It was in the early hours of a week-day morning when two houses were hit in Preston Candover.  They rammed open the gates of one house in Alresford Road, broke into a garage and stole a number of workmen’s tools, before attacking a neighbouring house and stole a motorcycle, a bicycle and other tools.

In both cases residents were awakened, but the thieves escaped and made off up Wield Road, said PC Andy Reid, the Local Beat Officer.  “ I am asking anyone who lives in Preston Candover, if they have any CCTV equipment to please check any recordings made during the early hours of Thursday, 22 October.”

That same night two garages in Herriard were broken into and a car was also forced open and tools taken.

“I am asking all residents in the rural areas to make sure their homes are secured, leave lights on at night, and make sure your home looks occupied, “ said PC Reid.


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