RESIDENTS in Rubery are being warned about burglars who are using a new technique to break into houses – a blow torch to damage the locks.
It follows three incidents yesterday in the village yesterday.
The first two were in New Inns Lane and took place between 3.50am and 3.57am.
Three raiders in a silver or grey Ford Focus attempted to gain access to properties. One had a long handled screwdriver while another had mole grips and a blow torch.
In the third in Hazel Road residents were awoken and found their patio door open. It had been blow-torched.
The locks which were not broken were anti-snap locks so police have reiterated the importance of residents fitting them.
The one where the thieves managed to get the door open did not have an anti-snap lock.
Officers are trying to collate evidence and witness accounts to do with this new method of entry and want anyone with any information on it to call them on 101.