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Police Launch Appeal over Series of Burglaries

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Local News | Police Launch Appeal over Series of Burglaries | Andover & VillagesPolice are investigating a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries which have occurred in the Tidworth area over the weekend.

The latest incident occurred at a property in Abbotts Close a few minutes after midnight on Monday 9 January 2017.

The residents were woken by a noise which later was discovered to have been an offender trying to break into the property via a rear door. The offender was unsuccessful in this case.

Another property on the same street was broken into between midday and 6:30 pm on Saturday 7 January 2017. This time the offender(s) gained access and carried out an untidy search of the property, a jewellery box was stolen. Items contained in the box were gold necklaces, rings including wedding ring, earrings and bracelets.

Later that night at approximately 11:50 pm the occupant of another house on Abbotts Close heard suspicious noises by the rear door of the property.

In this incident, a white man, of slim build, around 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing was seen.

PC Alan Cromwell said: "We believe that these incidents may be linked with the same offender(s) involved in each. An investigation is underway and it is important that the local community report any suspicious activity they see or hear in the area immediately so that we can take action. Even though no entry was gained in two of the incidents it will have been a frightening experience for the victims.

"By reporting suspicious activity, people or even vehicles you help us and in doing so may help to prevent friends or neighbours from becoming victims as well as yourselves."

Home security advice:

Keep all doors locked even when you are in the house to prevent people walking in without you knowing and double check they are locked at night

• Fit doors with mortice locks

• All windows should be fitted with locks except those designated as fire escapes and remember to use them especially for windows on the ground floor

• Keep valuable items out of view and mark them with a property marking system

• Never leave a spare key in a plant pot or letter box, a thief will know where to look

• Secure the rear of your property and make sure you have good lighting around your property and consider investing in a burglar alarm

• Keep car keys out of sight

• Lock tools and ladders away so thieves can’t use them to break in

• Make sure you have up to date contents insurance

• Do not keep large amounts of cash at home – it is much safer in a bank or building society.

• Don’t keep valuable items on display and always keep purses and wallets hidden away

• Never keep pin numbers with credit or debit cards.

• Make sure any hedging at the front of your property is no higher than one meter. This will allow you and people passing by to see anyone acting suspiciously.

• Take photographs of all jewellery including hallmarks and keep them safe. Do not leave valuable jewellery in a box on your dressing table as it’s the first place a thief will look. Choose another container and another place in the house.

• Make a list of the serial number of your electronic items and keep it safe.

• If you are going on holiday - Inform trusted friends / neighbours and ask them to keep an eye on your property and collect your post. Consider purchasing timers for your lights as signs of occupation help deter thieves and remember to cancel deliveries such as newspapers and milk.

• Be vigilant and if you see anyone acting suspiciously take their description and details of any vehicle registration including direction of travel and call the police on 101 or 999 if they are about to break into a property.

• Join your Neighbourhood Watch and Community Messaging for information relevant to your area scheme https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/pages/2756/1/Home.html

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Alan Cromwell at Amesbury Police Station on 101. Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.

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