DETECTIVES investigating a spate of high-value burglaries across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are urging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity as a matter of urgency.
Since Sunday, 14 burglaries have been reported in areas including Sketty, Morriston, Llansamlet, Neath Abbey, Jersey Marine, Gower and Killay.
All are being linked by officers due to the similar ways in which the properties have been targeted.
The majority of the break-ins have occurred in the early evening while the occupants have been out of the property, with the addresses searched for cash and high-value jewellery.
The culprits have been disturbed during a small number of the burglaries, but have escaped on each occasion.
Detective Chief Inspector Helen Woodward said: “The culprits carrying out these burglaries are brazen and are clearly determined. These recent burglaries have all happened in affluent areas during the evenings when neighbours and other potential witnesses will have still been going about their daily business.
“We are confident that prior to each of these break-ins happening, the suspects will have visited the area to work out out which addresses to target, and I’d appeal to the public to work with us to stop them in their tracks.
“I’d like to hear from anyone not only with information about the burglaries themselves, but who may have seen individuals acting suspiciously, or cars suddenly being driven around their street that they’ve never noticed before.
“I’d also urge people to be wary of cold-callers – if you suspect someone calling at your address – perhaps claiming to be offering goods or services for sale or responding to a fictitious online advert – is suspicious, please report it via 101, or 999 in an emergency.
“Please take note of any descriptions of individuals or vehicles and contact police; the information may seem trivial, but it could prove key to our investigation.”
Anyone with dash-cam, CCTV or mobile phone footage which they believe could assist the enquiry is also urged to get in touch.
The suspects are believed to be carrying tools to commit their burglaries and members of the public who may disturb them in action are urged not to approach them but to report immediately via 999.
Officers have been carrying out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries around the areas where the burglaries have occurred, as well as providing support and reassurance to victims.