Police are urging Hayling Island residents to be vigilant following two recent burglaries in the area.
Sometime between 9pm on Wednesday 27 October and 10.30am on Thursday 28 October entry was gained via a back door to a house on West Lane.
A vase (pictured) and ornamental objects worth around £1200 were taken.
Sometime between 12.18am and 3.15am on Saturday 23 October entry was gained via a rear gate to a house on Oyster Close. Keys to a camper van were taken as well as a small quantity of cash.
A man on a push bike was seen in the area at the time. The same man was also seen on Elm Grove shortly before the burglary occurred.
Officers will continue their patrols across the district but we’re asking residents to ensure that windows and doors are kept locked and secure.
PC Anthony Percival of the Op Hawk team, which specialises in burglary investigations, said: “With the nights drawing in recently, it’s a good time to consider your home security. We would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of some simple ways that you can protect your property. These include ensuring your windows are closed at night, particularly ground floor windows and those that are easy to access.
“Make sure you lock all your doors, your shed and your garage every evening, ensuring that you have reliable and robust locks in place to deter any potential burglars. If you have a back or side gate, make sure it’s locked so there is no easy access to the back of your property.
“We’d also urge you to ensure that any valuables such as car keys, wallets and purses are kept out of view in a secure place.
“You know your local community. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, such as someone tampering with a lock at a neighbour’s property, please report it to us via 101. We’re asking that people please keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours and their properties and report any suspicious vehicles or people. If you believe a crime might be in progress, always call 999.”
Police would like to hear from anyone with any information about the two incidents mentioned. Perhaps you noticed something suspicious in the area at the times specified? Or maybe you have private CCTV, Ring Doorbell or dash cam footage that may assist our investigation? Maybe you’ve seen the vase pictured for sale somewhere?
If you have any private CCTV/Ring Doorbell or dash cam footage from either Oyster Close, West Lane or Elm Grove around the times specified that may assist police enquiries, please get in touch with police.
If you have any information, no matter how small it may seem, please call 101, quoting 44210425554 (Oyster Close) or 44210432407 (West Lane). Alternatively, go online and submit information via the following form: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/
For more advice on how to protect your home, visit our crime prevention page: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/