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Remove valuables from vehicles, police warn, after spate of break-ins in Ashurst and Marchwood

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A SPATE of thefts from vehicles in the New Forest in recent weeks has prompted police to warn residents not to leave valuables unattended.

There have been a number of raids outside homes in both the Ashurst and Marchwood areas, and officers have stressed such offences are usually committed by opportunists who look out for items such as phones, handbags and work tools.

To avoid falling victim to such thefts, people are urged to ensure they remove all personal belongings from their vehicles overnight.

Vehicles in Ashurst and Marchwood have been targeted
Vehicles in Ashurst and Marchwood have been targeted

They are also advised to consider security measures, such as CCTV cameras covering driveways or garages. Vehicles can also be fitted with motion-detector dash cams to deter potential thieves.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: “Most burglaries are committed by opportunists.

“These are often spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when they see valuables left on view or lapses in security."

The spokesperson added: “Our officers in the community are continuing to follow-up on all reports of thefts from motor vehicles, so please be reassured that we are doing all we can to protect the community and bring these offenders to justice.”

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity should contact the force by calling 101 or by using the online reporting portal at www.hampshire.police.uk

If a crime is in progress, 999 should be dialled.

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