RESIDENTS have been advised to keep their properties secure and lock up valuables at night.
This warning from police comes after multiple burglaries were reported in Havant and Emsworth in the past week.
Havant district PCSO Victoria Cooper said: ‘Make sure that your properties are kept secure over night and when you are away from them. Also make sure that you lock all outbuildings and vehicles.’
According to PCSO Cooper, there have been 13 overnight dwelling burglaries in the past week in the Havant and Emsworth area alone.
She added: ‘We recommend that you use Immobilise, a free secure national database to log all your valuable items.
‘In the unfortunate incident of your property being stolen, it helps the police to trace property back to its rightful owners. I advise you to look at our website for crime prevention advice to keeping your property safe.’
Both homes and outbuildings such as summerhouses were targeted in the string of burglaries, and in most cases jewellery or handbags have been stolen.
Hampshire Constabulary are currently investigating whether any of the burglaries are linked.
If you have any information about any of the burglaries, contact police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44160374581.