Appeal after safe stolen in Woodlands Park burglary

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Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a home in Woodlands Park, Bradley Stoke (off Woodlands Lane) on Monday 5th December and stole a safe containing cash, jewellery and papers.

The burglary happened between 10am and 9.30pm. The thieves forced a window and managed to steal the safe, even though it was bolted to the floorboards.

They made off with cash in Australian, Canadian and Hong Kong dollars, a collection of Royal Mint coins and papers, as well as gold jewellery including a chain necklace, a chain bracelet and a snake pendant.

Investigating officer Alastair Binnie said:

“It would have taken some effort for these thieves to steal this heavy safe and they would have needed a vehicle to take it away.”

“I’d like to hear from anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the Woodlands Park area on Monday or who has any other information which could help the investigation.”

Anyone with any information which could help police enquiries into the burglary is asked to get in touch online,, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5216270209.

Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

Security advice from Avon and Somerset Police

Officers always recommend:

  • Fitting motion sensing security lights around your property
  • Keeping tools locked up in a secure shed or garage
  • Making sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows
  • Locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out
  • Hiding your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight never leaving your keys in the back of the door or window
  • Keeping jewellery and other high-value items in a safe which has been tested and approved by locksmiths and securely anchored to concrete flooring – find out more at
  • Keeping photographs and a description of items with sentimental value
  • Using a traceable asset marking liquid on items like jewellery or antiques
  • Using timer light switches to make it look like there’s someone home

All these things add up to put a burglar off targeting your home – as does joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. There’s more home security advice on the police website.

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