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Residents urged to check home security after 'spate' of burglaries

Police investigating several burglaries in Aldershot on Friday would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area

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Jewellery and perfume were stolen from homes in Aldershot in what police are calling a "spate" of burglaries.

Residents are being urged to review their home security after burglaries on Friday (February 28) at homes in St Benedict’s Close and in Reeves Road.

Between 11.55am and 8.15pm, a large amount of gold jewellery was stolen after thieves forced entry to the house in St Benedict’s Close.

Another house on the street was broken into between 5.30pm and 7pm, although it is not known if anything was stolen. An attempted burglary also took place in the same road between 8.30am and 7pm.

Entry was forced into a house in Reeves Road between 5.15pm and 5.45pm and jewellery and perfume were stolen.

Sergeant Jon White, from the Aldershot Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incidents.

“We would also like residents to review their home security in order to make their property less appealing for criminals.

“Many people have been left with damaged fencing following the storms we have suffered this winter. We would urge you to make repairs to your boundary fences as this could allow easy access to your home and make it easier for potential thieves to spot whether anyone is at home.”

Hampshire Constabulary has also advised residents to lock side gates, keep keys out of reach and sight, improve surveillance at the front of homes by trimming hedges and trees, and consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.

There are almost 400 neighbourhood watch groups in Rushmoor, and police officers regularly explain to victims of crime that joining a scheme could improve security at their homes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt White at Aldershot police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 
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