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Bournemouth residents urged to help police prevent burglaries

Police in Bournemouth are appealing to residents to consider their home security and look out for neighbours following a spate of household burglaries in the area.

Since the beginning of November 2013 there has been a slight increase in burglaries at homes in the Charminster, Queens Park and Littledown areas.

Acting Chief Inspector Mike Claxton said: “The majority of these recent burglaries have occurred in the early evening.

“Thieves have forced open doors or windows and taken valuable items such as jewellery, cash, laptops and cameras. In some cases, the householders have not secured their property which has allowed opportunistic burglars to walk right in.

“I am urging residents to securely lock all doors and windows, ensure alarms are turned on and not to leave valuables on display when they go out.”

Following the burglaries, Safer Neighbourhood Teams have stepped up their patrols and are advising residents to review their home security.

Dorset Police would like to issue the following advice to homeowners:

  • Ensure that all windows and doors are closed and securely locked;
  • Secure any rear and side entrances to your property;
  • Fit a security alarm to your home, shed and outhouses and use it;
  • Do not leave valuable items on view near doors and windows.
  • Keep an eye out for vulnerable and elderly neighbours;
  • Join local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and if you see anything suspicious report it.

Acting Chief Inspector Claxton added: “We are working extremely hard to arrest any offenders, but would also ask for the help of local residents in preventing any further burglaries by considering some of these crime prevention measures.

“Taking reasonable steps such as these should help in reducing the risk of becoming a victim of crime. But if you still have concerns then I would urge residents to make contact with their local Safer Neighbourhood Team for advice on 101.”

Issued: 29 November 2013