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Students advised to check windows and doors due to recent burglaries

Five student properties have been targeted by burglars in recent weeks. Police have issued advice to students to help prevent further burglaries taking place.

Students are being urged to check their windows and doors due to a number of student properties being burgled since Freshers week.

Police are appealing for information about the burglaries, please see further details of the incidents below.

Lake Road, Portsmouth

Between 4pm and 8.20pm on Thursday 27 September

Suspect/s entered ground floor flat through an insecure window

Paystation 4 taken


Belmont Street, Southsea

Between 10pm on Wednesday 26 September and 8.30am on Thursday 27 September

Property entered from the rear

Two bikes to the value of £2,500 stolen


Vernon Avenue, Southsea

Between just after midnight on Saturday 22 September and 7pm on Tuesday 25 September

No signs of forced entry

Bank cards and electrical items taken


Somers Road, Southsea

Between 3pm and 4pm on Monday 24 September

Entry gained via insecure window

Items stolen include three laptops


Belmont Street, Southsea

Between 2pm and 2.10pm on Monday 24 September

Attempted burglary - front door damaged to gain entry

The occupants were inside the address and the suspect ran off


Students are being advised to:

  • Consider the security of your individual bedroom door
  • Make an agreement between you and the other residents that anyone leaving the property ensures that all doors and windows are closed, locked and secured
  • Ensure front and back doors are locked at all times
  • Ensure that windows are closed in rooms that are not being used
  • Do not leave any electrical and/or expensive items in view of doors and windows
  • Hide or lock away expensive/sentimental/attractive belongings before you go out
  • Make a record of the make, model and serial numbers of any electrical items, such as laptops and mobile phones
  • Photograph any bicycles and make a record of the frame numbers
  • Contact your letting agent if you feel that the security of the doors and windows is not adequate

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