Police Investigate String Of Portsmouth Burglaries

Police are appealing for help solving an ongoing series of burglaries in Portsmouth.

At least 28 have been reported since 15th April when break-ins started to occur in the Old Portsmouth area. A pattern of burglaries then began to emerge in Southsea.

Detective Inspector Scott MacKechnie of Portsmouth CID said:

"Blocks of flats in particular are being targeted. Main doors have been accessed using trade buzzers or where security faults have been noticed by the burglars. Flat doors are then forced open. Cash, jewellery and small electrical items
are being selected and stolen."

Two men, aged 19 and 18 from Hampshire, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. They were questioned and later released with no further action.

Detective Inspector Scott MacKechnie added:

"We would like to remind residents in blocks of flats of the following advice:

- Always be aware of people in your building who do not live there

- Report any suspicious behaviour to police as soon as possible

- Never let anyone into the building if you do not know them or if they cannot show professional identification, no matter how they are dressed.

"If someone is buzzing the intercom, please ensure you know who it is before you let them in.  You should also make contact with landlords and property management agencies if there are concerns about security in your building."

Hampshire Constabulary advises residents to take steps towards making property easier to recover if it is stolen - please visit www.immobilise.com where you can register your belongings free of charge.  They will then be held on a secure national database, which can be searched by the police in the event of property being recovered. This process can help return property
to its rightful owner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID at Fratton Police Station or the Safer Neighbourhoods team at Portsmouth Central Police Station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.