A BURGLAR who targeted Gosport homes during the summer has been jailed for three years.
Eamon Reade, 35 of no fixed address, was sentenced after he admitted burglary and two counts of attempted burglary at Portsmouth Crown Court this week.
A court heard Reade, during the early hours of Sunday, July 1 this year, broke the glazing of a front door in Stoke Road and woke the homeowner inside.
A short time later the resident noticed Reade acting suspiciously outside a neighbour’s home – where a window had been forced open – and the criminal’s blood was subsequently found.
Later in the day Reade was spotted in the same area, before kicking in the door of the first home he tried to burgle.
Nothing was taken and Reade was chased away by someone from inside the property.
On Monday, Reade admitted three offences and was sentenced to 27 months in prison for burglary, nine months in prison to be served concurrently to the first count for attempting to burgle, and nine months in prison to be served consecutively to the other two counts for attempting to burgle.
He will serve a total of three years behind bars.
Investigating officer DC Martin Alderton said: ‘The sentence reflects the seriousness of Eamon Reade’s offending.
‘We will undertake an investigation and secure a conviction like this for these types of incidents wherever possible.’
Police have also issued nine tips for crime prevention:
- Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, at night, or when you leave your property
- Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door with a multi-point lock ensure you lift the handle and lock it with the key
- Put all car keys and other keys out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes. It doesn't take much for the keys to be hooked through the letterbox
- Leave a light on so your home looks occupied if you are going out for the evening. If you head out while it is still daylight and won't be back till after dark then a timer switch (available from most DIY stores) can be useful in turning your lights, radios and other appliances on at a set time before you get back
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
- Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden – lock them away in a shed
- Have an intruder alarm system installed by an approved contractor. Ensure a visible alarm box is attached to the outside of your home. Also consider fitting security lighting
- Use door chains and spy holes to give you extra security if someone knocks on your door. Never be afraid to turn people away. If you have concerns about anyone who has come to your door call the police
- Finally, record the details of your property such as serial numbers for electronic goods on the Immobilise website (immobilise.com)