HOMES across Basingstoke have been targeted in a spate of burglaries this weekend.

Police say they have been made aware of “multiple residential burglaries” which took place between 8.05am on Saturday and 1.22am this morning (Sunday).

The incidents took place in areas right across the town, including Worcester Avenue, Deep Lane, Church Square, Holbein Close and the Co-op, in Linden Avenue.

Officers have since issued the following advice to residents:

- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property

- Ensure rear fencing is in good repair

- 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)

- 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. trim high hedges

A statement from Hampshire Constabulary added: “Remember most of these offences are opportunist in nature and by taking even simple precautions you can greatly reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim.

“Remove temptation!

“You are more likely to be burgled if your property is unoccupied, security is weak and the burglar thinks they will not be seen/get caught.”

Anyone who has seen or heard anything suspicious, or may have information that could assist officers with their enquiries, is advised to call 101.