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Burglary x 2 - COLUMBINE ROAD

Alert message sent 19/02/2020 16:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Basingstoke Police want to inform residents about a series of burglaries across Basingstoke that has been occurring over the past five days.
Yesterday a house was broken into at 21:00 hours in COLUMBINE ROAD and today another property in COLUMBINE ROAD was discovered to have been broken into while the owners were away.
The offenders in this series of burglaries are stealing/looking for high value gold and entry to premises generally are via side gates and forced entry to patio doors or kitchen door.
Please take some time to read the below information and advice we are issuing to residents.

 A burglar will select a target because it offers the easiest opportunity to carry out the crime unnoticed. A building that presents itself as unoccupied or insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

Forced entry burglaries are usually organised with an element of planning and targeting, with the offenders having an idea of the property they wish to steal. In tackling a forced entry burglary series, the focus should be on making the target less appealing.

External Advice:
Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.

Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.

Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden, lock them away in your shed.

Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trimming high hedges.


Internal Advice:
Lock all windows and doors, remembering to double lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn the key).

Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through letterbox).

Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.

Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you are away.

Message sent by
Deborah Doherty (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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