Police warn Hedge Enders to lock up

Police are issuing a warning to residents in the Cranbourne Park area of Hedge End to check their garages and make sure they are secure following two break-ins last week.

The garages were burgled overnight on Sunday, September 12 and Monday morning, September 13.  One of the residents reported hearing noises around their garage at 2.30am.

In one garage a brand new Flymo electric lawn mower and a brand new Flymo electric garden strimmer was stolen.  Both were still in their unopened boxes.  In the other, four 100 metre drums of Co-axial cable valued at £45 each were stolen along with two 100 metre drums of twin-earth electrical cable valued at £60 each.

PC Gerren Potter who is investigating the burglaries said: “Although dwelling burglaries are rare, local residents can always do more to secure their property and in particular garages which can often be a target for opportunist thieves. Just the addition of bolts and padlocks can deter criminals who look for a quick and easy opportunity.”

Additional crime prevention advice can be obtained by contacting Eastleigh Crime Prevention Officer Barbara Clayton on 023 8068 8360

If anyone was in the area of Cranbourne Park early on Tuesday morning or has information about who is responsible for the burglaries, they are asked to contact PC Potter at Eastleigh police station on 101 or anonymously on the Crimestoppers charity line, 0800 555 111.

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