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HOUSEHOLDERS are urged to ensure their properties are secure to protect themselves from burglars this festive period.

Hampshire police is backing the Association of Chief Police Officers’ anti-burglary campaign, which this week focuses on protecting people from burglars who target homes at this time of year.

Burglaries have fallen across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with 2,534 crimes reported between April and December compared to 3,512 in the same period last year – a 24.9 per cent drop.

But police warn burglaries can go up over Christmas.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren O’Callaghan said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary is able to call upon a wide range of experience and expertise to disrupt and detect any burglar, and bring suspects before the courts to face justice.

‘As a force we have worked hard to tackle burglary and this is evident by the fact that the number of burglaries has decreased year-on-year since 2009. We want to make sure people are aware that the most effective way to prevent becoming a victim of burglary is simple: secure property properly and remove high value items from view.

‘Our officers are also available to give advice on crime prevention techniques and technology.’