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Crime prevention advice following burglaries of unoccupied homes in Eastleigh

Alert message sent 02/11/2020 15:40:00

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Hello,

The Eastleigh Neighbourhood Policing Teams want to gently remind local residents not to leave windows open or doors unlocked as winter is approaches and the nights have drawn-in.

We have recently had reports of a series of burglaries within the area when homes have been broken into when the property is left unoccupied.

Leaving windows open, or not securing the back door, when you go outside could provide an opportunity for someone to take advantage of the situation and commit a crime.

We want to offer up some friendly reminders around personal and household security at this time.

Most burglaries are committed by opportunists. A criminal may pick a house that looks unoccupied, has left a window or back-gate open or has little or no obvious security. These are often spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when they see valuables left on view or lapses in security. Car keys, left somewhere obvious can also be an attractive target.

By looking at your current level of security you can identify areas for improvement and reduce the risk of becoming the victim of burglary. Walk around your property – if you were locked out, where would you try to get in? Chances are that would also be where a burglar would try.

When you shut the door and lift the handle the hook bolts are thrown into the locking mechanism in the door frame. By turning the key the you are locking these hook bolts into place. If you don't key lock the bolts in place they can be disengaged by simply pushing down the inside or outside handle. It’s vital that you remember to remove the key and to keep it away from the door out of sight. Remember to LIFT the handle, LOCK the door and REMOVE the key.

Please also remember to shut, and lock, all windows (no matter how small they are) to ensure that access to your property is secure at all times when you’re not in.

To further improve your home security, you may want to consider leaving your lights on if you are out (remember to use energy saving light bulbs!) to make your home look occupied – as thieves often targte homes that seem empty. This should act as a deterrant to would-be burglars. You can also invest in timers that automatically, or via a mobile app, switch on lamps and other home devices to give that impression that you are home and inside your property.

Now you’ve protected your home, share the advice with family and friends and remember to please just take that little bit of extra care when it comes to securing your home.

As ever, we would ask the public to remain vigilant, and to report any crimes which are in progress or where there is a threat to life by calling 999.
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Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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