HAMPSHIRE’S top policeman is calling on householders to help tackle burglaries following a surge in break-ins during the warm weather.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall is urging people to ‘lock it or lose it’ as figures reveal 30 burglaries were reported in our area in the last week compared to 22 in the same period the previous year – a 36 per cent rise. He warns that leaving windows and doors open is an open invitation to opportunist burglars.
Mr Marshall said: ‘While it may sound obvious, we do see an increase in burglary offences due to homes and vehicles being left unsecure.
‘When people are out enjoying this unusually warm weather it may be an easy to forget to close a window or make sure doors are locked, but it is essential that you keep your homes and properties secure to stop you becoming a victim of burglary.
‘Officers from across the force have worked and continue to work extremely hard to tackle this horrible crime but we need your help.
‘Many burglars are opportunist and looking for an easy way into your home or car.
‘Don’t give them an easy time, the simple message is lock it or lose it.’
Mr Marshall’s plea comes as Hampshire police’s Operation Nemesis crackdown on burglaries, robberies and thefts from vehicles is extended for another three months.
Since its launch in October the number of house burglaries reported to police in the Eastern area – which covers Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Waterlooville and the Isle of Wight – has plummeted by 13 per cent form 923 to 800.
Force-wide there was an even bigger drop from 2,634 to 2,246 – a 14 per cent reduction.
However it means the force is still tackling an average 12 house burglaries across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight every day.