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Cars stolen from homes in Hart and Rushmoor after burglars target key safes

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Cars stolen from homes in Hart and Rushmoor after burglars target key safes

Published at 2:16pm 19th February 2020. (Updated at 2:34pm 19th February 2020)

People in Hart and Rushmoor are being warned to be on their guard after a number of burglaries involving homes with key safes.

In the majority of incidents suspects broke open key safes to access door keys, which they then used to gain access to homes before stealing the owner’s car.

Areas of Blackwater, Yateley, Fleet and Farnborough are among those that have been targeted between 11-17 February.

Keen to reassure residents, Hampshire Constabulary said they were conducting a number of lines of investigation and extra patrols are taking place.

The force have also issued the following crime prevention advice:

"Key safes are generally a reassurance, and not a concern, however we are concerned that keys safes fixed on walls next to front doors are more likely to be targeted than those fixed round the back of house or in a more obscure location.

"To protect your home and belongings, consider relocating the key safe to somewhere less obvious and contact the company that makes your key safe and ask how it can be made more secure.

"We understand that key safes are vital for some people in the community, however some of us might have them as a helpful back-up system for when we or members of our family lose keys.

"Consider taking the key out when you know you won’t need it, like at night when these burglaries have occurred.

"To protect your home further against burglary, we would always recommend installing security lights, alarms and CCTV."

If you see any persons or any vehicles behaving suspiciously, you are urged to call 101 and report it.

However, if you think a crime is taking place there and then, always call 999.