Warning issued after a spate of residential burglaries in Eastleigh
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We are warning residents in Eastleigh to be on their guard following a number of burglaries in the last week.
This comes after five dwelling burglaries were reported between 30 August and 1 September. Work is ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of these incidents and whether they are connected.
The burglaries happened at various times of the day, with residential properties being targeted. We are investigating:
• A burglary at an address on Brownhill Road between 28 August and 31 August. £10,000 worth of jewellery was stolen along with a quantity of cash. (Reference: 44230353225)
• A garage broken into at an address on Lake Road between 30 August and 31 August. Four bicycles were stolen. (Reference: 44230352180)
• A burglary at an address on Beech Close between 28 August and 30 August. Nothing known to be stolen. (Reference: 44230351121)
• A burglary at an address on Kingsway Gardens between 27 August and 30 August. Items of jewellery were stolen. (Reference 44230350985)
• A burglary at an address on Chestnut Avenue between 31 August and 1 September. A large quantity of high-value jewellery and cash were stolen. (Reference: 44230353499)
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? Or you have relevant CCTV or Ring doorbell footage that could be reviewed by officers.
Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols in the local area to offer further reassurance to the local community. If residents have any concerns, then please speak to officers who are on patrol.
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. While placing your keys in a Faraday pouch can block signals meaning would-be-opportunists can’t copy your ‘keyless’ car key and gain entry to your vehicle.
• 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.
• Have an intruder alarm system installed. 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/)