Burglars steal jewellery and money from homes in Brighton Hill and Cranbourne

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

JEWELLERY and money were stolen from homes in Brighton Hill and Cranbourne in four burglaries on the same day.

The three burglaries and one attempted burglary were reported on January 6.

In Brighton Hill, properties in Elgar Close and Porter Road were targeted between 6.30am and 6.30pm, with money and items of jewellery stolen.

An attempt was also made to gain access to a house in Lehar Close, Brighton Hill, between midday and 2.30pm.

A watch and perfume were stolen from a house in Cranbourne Lane, Cranbourne, between 7.30am and 6.45pm.

Sergeant Heike Brueck from Basingstoke police station said: “We believe that these four incidents may be connected and are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time that these incidents occurred.

“I would also urge residents to follow our crime prevention tips to ensure homes and outbuildings are as secure as they can be and keep an eye on your neighbour’s properties. If you spot anything suspicious in the area report it to the police.”

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Sgt Brueck at Basingstoke police station on 101.

Crime prevention advice from the police includes:

  • 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.
  • 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 in 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.
  • Place all tools and garden equipment in locked sheds and garages.
  • 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 spyholes 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.
  • If you are going away from your property for an extended period, try to make your home look occupied - cancel deliveries, get a friend or neighbour to collect your post and draw your curtains and use timer switches to turn the lights on in the evening, move valuables such as laptops, games consoles etc out of view.

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