Warning as burglaries rise during the autumn

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POLICE have issued a warning after a spate of burglaries.

Over the past fortnight, there has been an increase in break-ins across Clanfield, Horndean, Lovedean and Waterlooville.

PC Nicola Robertson, from South of Butser Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: ‘Hampshire police are investigating a series of burglaries in the Waterlooville area. We’d like to remind you about home security in the run up to Christmas and ensure you lock windows and doors when leaving your property.

‘Timer switches are a great way to give the impression that someone is home and there is more guidance below.

‘We believe that the people responsible may be cold calling at properties first, and if there is no answer then targeting the premises.

‘If anyone has a cold caller that they have concerns about please report this to police – particularly if they don’t have a genuine reason to be knocking on your door. Ensure you keep your gardens as secure as possible by locking gates and be extra vigilant.’