Police today released a video showing the shocking aftermath of a burglary in Waterlooville.
They hope the film - captured on a bodycam worn by a police officer - will help them solve a spate of more than 30 break ins in Waterlooville, Havant, Emsworth and Hayling Island, all carried out between October 15 and November 13 and during the night or during the early evening when it becomes dark.
Detective Sergeant Steve Kelly of the Priority Crime team at Waterlooville police station said: “This footage, captured from the attending officer’s body worn video, demonstrates the impact of being burgled. It really can be devastating for a homeowner to arrive home and find their property turned upside down.
“We’re hoping that this insight will encourage residents to take our advice to do everything they can to avoid their home being targeted.
“The main advice is to leave your home secure and make sure it looks occupied, leave a light on or buy a timer switch to avoid your home being in darkness before you get home from work.”
Hampshire Constabulary is encouraging residents to take the following advice:
Make sure your home is locked securely when you leave the property and at night, but also in unoccupied rooms
Don’t leave your property on show, particularly small electricals like Ipads, tablets, laptops and cameras. Jewellery and cash should also be stored away somewhere safe and difficult to locate
Leave a light on or use a timer switch, especially as darkness now sets in earlier
Check what is in your garden which could allow easy access to your home. Garden tools or ladders left out and bins left in positions which assist an offender to get over your garden wall make your home an easy target
Make sure you lock back and side gates
Be alert to suspicious activity or people and vehicles in your street that you do not recognise. Many offences have been followed by a suspicious caller or leaflet through the door. If you answer the door to a suspicious caller always report it along with any vehicle details you have to police on 101.
Vulnerable residents, or over 60s, are also entitled to a visit from the Blue Lamp Trust. They will complete a free of charge security check and can fit extra locks for a very small donation.
Police said anyone with information relating to burglary in this area should contact the priority crime team at Waterlooville police station on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police did not reveal the location of the house at which the video was shot, other than to say it is in the Waterlooville area.