Warning to Gosport residents after spate of crimes

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  • Warning to residents after spat of crimes in Gosport
  • People advised to be alert after cars and gardens are broken into
  • 16 vehicle-related crimes have been reported in four weeks and men have been seen intruding in gardens
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RESIDENTS have been warned to remain vigilant after a series of crimes in Gosport.

Items were stolen from four unlocked cars last weekend and men have been seen in the Elson and Hardway area of the town going into people’s gardens.

Gosport belongs to the law abiding community.

Sergeant Lesley Meenaghan

Police are advising people living across the town to keep watch for opportunist thieves and report any crimes to police.

In the past four weeks, 16 car crimes have been reported with witnesses saying they have seen people trying car door handles.

This comes just weeks after 35 vehicle-related crimes were reported in Gosport in April.

As reported in The News, of the 35 vehicles broken into, only three were locked.

A diamond ring, five sat-navs and two iPods were among the stolen goods.

As well as encouraging people to remain vigilant, the police are also asking residents to report any suspicious activity.

Sergeant Lesley Meenaghan, of Gosport Neighbourhood policing team, said: ‘I am impressed by local residents reporting suspicious persons and activity within their neighbourhood.

‘By reporting at the time of the incident the community has contributed immensely in bringing offenders to justice and further prevention of crime.

‘Gosport belongs to the law-abiding community.

‘It is imperative we all continue to play our part in continuing to ensure Gosport is a hostile environment for those in the community who appear to manifest a low moral code.’

The four cars broken into happened between June 12 and June 15 on Albemarle Avenue, Fisgard Road, Grove Road and Melville Road.

Police also received reports of men attempting to break into sheds in Selsey Avenue and Dorrien Road.

Officers went out and carried out a search but did not find anyone who matched the man’s description.

The Gosport Neighbourhood Watch Team is advising people to remain vigilant and follow safety advice. This includes keeping valuables out of sight and ensuring they are locked away securely.

For more crime prevention advice, visit the Hampshire Constabulary website at hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention.