POLICE have recovered a large haul of electronic goods they believe to be stolen property after swooping on a number of houses.
Officers from Operation Bumblebee and Hillingdon Partnership carried out a series of raids last week at properties in Hayes - in Bedford Avenue, College Way, Coldharbour Lane and Uxbridge Road - after gaining intelligence during a police operation that targeted organised criminals involved in burglary and car crime.
A large amount of electronic equipment, including satellite navigation systems and car stereos, was seized. The total value of the goods is estimated at £15,000 and police officers are working on identifying and tracing the owners.
Two men were arrested for allegedly handling stolen goods. They have been bailed and are due to return to Uxbridge police station in December.
Chief Inspector Maurice Hartnett, of Hillingdon police, pointed out a particular security risk that homeowners should be aware of.
"Many burglaries have occurred where entry has been gained through multi-point locking doors," he said. "I urge residents to ensure their doors are properly locked and to remember to use the key at all times."
During the past four weeks, there have been 47 break-ins involving entry via the front door. Multi-point locks have been identified as being particularly attractive to burglars, because many people only pull up the handle. Police are urging homeowners to use the key to securely lock such doors, and then to take the key out of the door.
* For more information about Operation Bumblebee, see www.metbumblebee.org .