Burglary spate sparks calls to step up security

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HOUSEHOLDERS with uPVC doors are urged to keep them properly locked following a spate of burglaries.

Thieves have targeted eight homes with the doors in Portsmouth in the last two weeks – including three in one day in the north of the city.

On each occasion the uPVC door was not double-locked, meaning burglars could either reach in through a letterbox to open the door or pop the lock by slipping a tool between the door and the frame.

Overnight last Thursday laptops, satellite navigation systems, handbags, a TV and cash were stolen in break-ins in Elkstone Road, and Collington Crescent, Paulsgrove, and New Road East, Kingston.

A handbag and laptop was stolen during a burglary at Moorland Road, Kingston, overnight on March 15.

And thieves also stole cash and a laptop from a home in Ranelagh Road, Stamshaw, on March 14. On March 9 jewellery, a laptop and cash were stolen from homes in Grove Road, Drayton, and Havant Road, Farlington. And a burglar fled empty-handed after being disturbed by residents at a property in Knowsley Road, Cosham.

Det Sgt Tony Lewis said: ‘The problem with uPVC doors comes because many don’t realise that simply pulling up the handle doesn’t secure it.

‘Burglars have been known to put their arm or an implement through a letterbox or cat flap and pull the handle down to get in. Double-locking a UPVC door will prevent them from doing so. Keep the key in a safe place close to the door but not within reach or view from the letterbox.’