Help solve series of burglaries in Portsmouth

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POLICE want the public’s help to solve an ongoing series of burglaries in Portsmouth.

At least 28 burglaries have been reported since April 15, when break-ins started to occur in the Old Portsmouth area.

A pattern of burglaries then began emerging in Southsea.

Hampshire Constabulary is now warning people to make sure their homes are secure, and is appealing for information in a bid to catch the burglars.

Detective Inspector Scott MacKechnie of Portsmouth CID said: ‘Blocks of flats in particular are being targeted.

‘Main doors have been accessed using trade buzzers or where security faults have been noticed by the burglars.

‘Flat doors are then forced open.

‘Cash, jewellery and small electrical items are being selected and stolen.’

Two men, aged 19 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft, but were later released with no further action.

Police say people who live in blocks of flats in the area should always be aware of people in your building who do not live there.

Neighbours should report any suspicious behaviour to police as soon as possible and never let anyone into the building if you do not know them.

‘If someone is buzzing the intercom, please ensure you know who it is before you let them in,’ added Det Insp MacKechnie.

‘You should also make contact with landlords and property management agencies if there are concerns about security in your building.’

Hampshire Constabulary is also advising residents to register their belongings on a dedicated website in case they are stolen. For details visit www.immobilise.com.

Anyone with information about the spate of burglaries should call CID at Fratton police station, or the Safer Neighbourhoods team at Portsmouth central police station on 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.