Hampshire Police have released information on the spate of break ins that have kept Andover living in fear in their own homes.
50% of the twelve burglaries in the Andover area since early December 2014 were as a result of windows and/or doors being left unlocked or insecure, with the thieves brazenly walking into properties and grabbing what was to hand. The remaining break ins were executed with force, causing damage to property in addition to theft of cash and personal items that varied from games consoles to jewellery.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said, “A 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy from Andover were arrested in connection with an investigation into the burglaries in Andover.
“They have been bailed to 6 March pending further enquiries.”
Increased police patrols and presence in the area meant that every household in the Enham Alamein area were visited and given advice regarding household security, Augusta Park was a popular place for the thieves. The individuals were arrested this week attempting to break into a property.
Despite the arrests, residents are still reminded to keep their properties safe and to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim themselves, such as:
• Don’t leave curtains/blinds open, and don’t leave valuables on show.
• If you are going away, ask a neighbour or friend to check your house regularly.
• Buy timer switches for lamps and radios to give the impression that someone is home.
• Install an alarm system and ensure the alarm box is clearly visible.
• Don’t leave keys in doors – remove them and keep them close at hand but out of sight where you can easily ﬁnd them in an emergency.
• Don’t leave your house unattended with windows open and unlocked – even for just a minute.
• If you are in the garden or upstairs, make sure your downstairs doors and windows are closed.
• Never leave a key under a doormat or on a string through the letterbox.
Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact PC Mills at Basingstoke Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.