Hampshire Police is urging residents to be wary, following a burglary in Basingstoke, which saw a large quantity of valuable jewellery stolen.
A stash of gold jewellery was stolen from a home in Green Templeton Close, Basingstoke just after 7pm on Saturday, 15 February 2020.
The suspects broke into the property through a ground floor rear window, before stealing the items, including a 'KS' engraved gold band and a gold chain with a pendant depicting a Buddha figure.
Basingstoke Neighbourhood Inspector Richard Lane said:
“I would like to reassure residents that we are following several lines of investigation and are conducting patrols in the locality.
“However, please take note of the crime prevention advice below and take precautions.
“If you see anyone or any vehicles acting suspiciously in your area and it’s happening there and then, ring 999.
“Householders should take care to secure valuables and ensure doors and windows are kept secured whether you are at home or out and about.
“When you are out and about, use timer switches, leave a radio on and use security lighting, set alarms and use CCTV if you have them available.”
People with high-value jewellery are being encouraged to follow the advice listed:
- Consider storing valuable jewellery in a safe location, such as a safety deposit box facility.
- Avoid posting about weddings, festivals or other celebrations on social media – criminals may see your posts and work out when you won’t be at home.
- During festivals, please take extra care while out and about. Avoid wearing large amounts of jewellery in a public place and try to avoid travelling or walking alone.
- Check your privacy settings to ensure only friends and family can see your posts and photos.
- Photograph each valuable piece of gold or jewellery and keep a written description to help police officers trace stolen jewellery.
- Ensure jewellery is insured.
- Try to avoid decorating the outside of your home during religious festivals and events, as that could help criminals identify homes where gold is likely to be present.
- Other security measures include installing CCTV and an alarm and security lighting with motion sensors.
Police are urging anyone with any information on the crime to contact 101.