OFFICERS are reminding businesses to keep their premises secure after a recent spate of country club burglaries - including in Kinver. 

Offenders appear to be forcing entry into premises overnight and looting their contents – where items such as chain saws, batteries, shotgun cartridges and tills were reported stolen.

No firearms were taken from any of the properties.

Initial reports were received following a burglary at a country club on Bognop Road, Essington, on 19 January.

Unknown offenders forced entry into the vacant premises at approximately 1.30pm and stole ten 110v batteries, worth approximately £1,300, a chain saw, hedge cutter, three fishing rods and reels, two landing nets and a rod pod.

Just over ten days later, on January 31, a country club on Beacon Lane, Kinver, reported ten high-voltage leisure batteries missing from inside the premises.

Offenders are believed to have forced entry into the premises between 6pm (January 30) and 9am the following day

An overnight burglary was also reported on London Road, Lichfield.

Between £6,000 to £10,000 worth of shotgun cartridges were taken alongside chainsaws, pellets, shooting bags and cash registers, containing roughly £40 in change.

Inspector Louise Booker, of South Staffordshire Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Where possible, ensure your business is covered by CCTV and each access point is secured with a lock and alarm system, especially where valuable goods may be stored,

“We are actively investigating the circumstances of these burglaries and would ask anyone with any information or relevant CCTV footage to come forward.

“Contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”