Burglars steal £100k’s worth of gems from local homes

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Burglars have raided local homes and made off with £100,000 worth of jewellery.

Police are linking four burglaries in the Eastleigh and Southampton areas which took place on Monday. March 3.

In all four cases electrical items and a large quantity of Asian gold jewellery was stolen.

The total value of the stolen items is approximately £100,000.

The first incident occurred between 10.50am and 1.30pm at The Nook in Eastleigh when a rear door was forced open.

The second occurred in Cranbury Road, Eastleigh between 12.30 and 12.40 pm.

The front door was forced open with a tool but the thieves were disturbed by the occupants and fled.

Between 1.50 and 2.50 a burglary was reported to have taken place in Coleson Road, Bitterne, again a tool was used to force open the front door.

Another break-in took place in Raymond Road, Shirley between 2.40 and 3.15pm – this time a rear door was forced open.

Police staff investigator Steph Elvin said:

“It is quite possible these burglaries are linked, and we would like to hear from anyone who may have information about who may be responsible. We are particularly keen to know if anyone saw a man driving a blue Ford Focus near to any of these addresses.

“We would urge anyone with items such as expensive jewellery, especially Asian families, to make sure the items are stored securely.”

Th epolice offers the following crime prevention advice:

  • Don’t keep your high value jewellery at home − use a bank safety deposit box.
  • If you have to keep your jewellery at home, then invest in a home safe suitable for protecting your jewellery.Your insurance company will provide advice as to which type and grade of safe best suits your needs.
  • Keep an inventory of your jewellery. This can be done in a paper version or online with companies such as Immobilise.
  • For more information go to www.immobilise.com. Include identifying marks, value and purchase date.
  • Photograph your jewellery.
  • Make sure your home is kept secure at all times − windowsdoor locks, timers that switch on lights when going out.
  • Set your house alarm if you have one.
  • As with other valuables, do not leave jewellery on display.

Anyone with information should contact PSI Elvin at Bitterne police station on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.