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Crime prevention advice after number of burglary reports

Alert message sent 07/08/2020 13:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


We are warning residents to be on their guard following a number of burglaries in the Havant and Emsworth areas.
 
This comes after four burglaries were reported between the 29 July and 31 July, that investigating officers believe may be connected.
 
The burglaries happened at various times throughout the two day time period, and mostly small items were stolen. We are investigating:
  • An attempted burglary at an address on Shipwrights Close, Emsworth, at around 2.30am on Wednesday 29 July.
  • A burglary at an address on Purbrook Way, Havant, between 4pm and 4am the following day.
  • A burglary at an address on Birch Tree Drive, Emsworth, between 1pm and 5.30pm on Friday 31 July.
  • A burglary at an address on Adderbury Avenue, Emsworth, between 1pm and 5.30pm on Friday 31 July.
We would like to hear from anyone with information on any of these incidents. Did you notice anything suspicious? Perhaps you saw someone hanging around the area? Anyone with information can phone 101 with the reference 44200288713.
 
We also wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of our crime prevention advice around burglaries:
• Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, at night and when you leave your property
 
• Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door with a multi-point lock ensure you lift the handle and lock it with the key. Remove the key after the door or window is locked.
 
• Put all car keys and other keys out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes. It doesn't take much for the keys to be hooked through the letterbox.
 
• Leave a light on so your home looks occupied if you are going out for the evening. If you head out while it is still daylight and won't be back till after dark then timer switches (available from most DIY stores) can be useful for turning your lights, radios and other appliances on at a set time before you get back.
 
• Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
 
• Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden; lock them away in your shed.
 
• Have an intruder alarm system installed by an approved contractor. Ensure a visible alarm box is attached to the outside of your home. Also consider fitting security lighting.
 
• Use door chains and spy holes to give you extra security if someone knocks on your door. Never be afraid to turn people away. If you have concerns about anyone who has come to your door call the police.
 
• Record the details of your property such as serial numbers for electronic goods on the Immobilise website (https://www.immobilise.com/)
 
Message sent by
Jessica Blackwell (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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