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Warning on cat flap burglaries.

CUNNING burglars have left householders all in a flap after using their tiny cat doorways to break into their homes.

Police spotted the trend after analysing information on a spate of burglaries in the Selly Oak and Bournville suburbs of Birmingham.

Bobbies believe the thieves had spotted house keys sitting in the door lock and used the cat flap to get their hands on them.

They were then able to sneak in causing little or no damage or noise.

The first householders were aware of the break-ins was when they woke in the morning and found valuables missing.

PC Terry Webb, crime reduction officer from Bournville Lane police station, said: "We are asking residents within the Bournville Lane policing area to be vigilant and aware of home security.

"We are urging householders to ensure all doors and windows are locked when unoccupied, and are asking that keys to homes and vehicles are not left on display."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 27, 2006
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