Hampshire Constabulary

Crime prevention advice issued following four burglaries in Southampton

Press release   •   Jun 19, 2019 13:34 BST

We are reminding residents in Southampton of our crime prevention advice following a number of burglaries in the area.

Between 14 June and 15 June there were four burglaries in the city. During three of the incidents car keys were stolen, and vehicles then driven away from the addresses.

During the early hours of 14 June offender/s gained entry to an address in Beaulieu Close, Southampton. Once inside they stole car keys and then stole a black BMW.

During the early hours of 15 June a man called police to report that he had found his front door open and his car had been stolen. The offender/s had gained entry to the house in Munro Crescent, Southampton and took the keys for a silver Mercedes before driving it away.

A few hours later, officers received a report of another vehicle being stolen from an address on Oakwood Drive. Offender/s had entered the house and stole car keys, a wallet, a backpack and a laptop. The vehicle was later found abandoned in Dunkirk Close, and the backpack and laptop were also located near to the address.

At some time between 4.30pm on 14 June and 3.30pm on 15 June entry was gained to an address in Charles Arden Close. The offender/s stole a laptop, a computer and jewellery.

Sergeant Thomas Hannam, said: “We’re appealing for anyone with information about any of these incidents to get in touch with us.

“We’d like to remind residents of the importance of ensuring homes are locked and secure, especially if you’re not at home, or you’re in another part of the property. Insecure homes could give an opportunistic thieves a chance to steal your valuables. Please don’t give them the chance.

“Please keep valuables, including car keys, out of sight; lock doors, and secure windows to help deter criminals and prevent you becoming a victim of crime.”

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:

  • Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, at night and when you leave your property
  • Lock all front and rear doors at night, when you are out or if you're in another part of the property. 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 timer switches (available from most DIY stores) can be useful for 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 your 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.
  • Record the details of your property such as serial numbers for electronic goods on the Immobilise website (https://www.immobilise.com/)

If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44190203818.

In an emergency, call 999.