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Crime prevention advice following recent spike in burglaries across Southampton

Alert message sent 11/08/2020 15:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


We are warning residents to be on their guard following a number of burglaries across Southampton.

This comes after three burglaries were reported between the 24 July and 9 August.

The burglaries happened at various times throughout this two week period where residents had been away from their properties after going on holiday. It was mostly small items that were stolen and as part of this we are investigating:

• A burglary at an address on Wilton Crescent, Southampton between 5pm on Friday 24 July and 7.30am on Monday 10 August (Crime ref: 44200303017)

• A burglary at an address on Regents Park Road, Southampton between Wednesday 29 July and Thursday 6 August (Crime ref: 44200297134)

• An attempted burglary at an address on Heysham Road, Southampton between Saturday 2 and Saturday 9 August (Crime ref: 44200301654)

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, quoting the crime reference numbers above.

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 for any extended period of time

- Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out – especially if you go on holiday. 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.

- Do not actively promote the fact that you’re going on holiday; especially on social media. It presents an opportunity to opportunists who may be monitoring social media in the local community.

- 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/)
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Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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