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Millions Stolen in Wave of Break-Ins

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Millions Stolen in Wave of Break-Ins

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Hafnarfjörður.Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

It is suspected that a single group is behind dozens of burglaries which have occurred in the Reykjavík capital area over the past several weeks, RÚV reports. According to police, burglars have stolen ISK millions (USD/EUR tens of thousands) in valuables.

Skúli Jónsson is assistant police commissioner in the capital area town of Hafnarfjörður. He told RÚV on morning radio today that the town police have received 35 reports of break-ins since December. The rate, however, has decreased recently. “We are seeing that these are the same individuals, everything points to that,” Skúli stated. He added, however, that some clues suggest more than one group could be responsible.

Many of the break-ins target detached homes which are entered through the back door. The break-ins tend to happen on weekdays and the burglars usually only enter the bedroom looking for valuables. The items stolen are most often jewellery, tablets, and phones, while the thieves seem to have less interest in televisions and computers.

Skúli advises residents to lock windows and leave lights or a television on when leaving the home, as well as use their security systems and neighbourhood watch. He also advises the public to store valuables in a safe place.

Residents are asked to inform police if they observe suspicious activity. No arrests have been made in connection with the burglaries.

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