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Key safe security

Alert message sent 11/12/2018 12:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

How safe is your key safe?

We’re concerned about key safes and their security after a number of homes have been burgled in Southampton.

The incidents began on September 25 and have continued into October, November and December, with the last one being on Dec 9.

On each occasion, a key safe has been damaged or pulled off the wall. Entry has then been gained by using the front door key contained within.

Wallets and some electricals have been taken. In some instances cars have been stolen.

Incidents have occurred in the Woolston, Sholing, Bitterne and Peartee areas and they have generally occurred at night when residents are asleep.

We have arrested two people today (Dec 11) in connection with these incidents, however we still really want those who own a key safe to consider relocating it.

Key safes are generally a reassurance, and not a concern, however we are worried that keys safes fixed on walls next to front doors are more likely to be targeted than those fixed round the back of house or in a more obscure location.

To protect your home and belongings, consider relocating the key safe to somewhere less obvious and contact the company that makes your key safe and ask how it can be made more secure.

We understand that key safes are vital for some people in the community, however some of us might have them as a helpful back-up system for when we or members of our family lose keys. Consider taking the key out when you know you won’t need it, like at night when these burglaries have occurred.

To protect your home further against burglary, we would always recommend installing security lights, alarms and CCTV.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please call 101 or 999 if it’s happening now.

Operation Hawk, based at Southampton Central Police Station, have this morning arrested two people on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle in connection with these incidents. A 19-year-old man from Southampton and a 17-year-old girl from Southampton remain in police custody at this time.
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Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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