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Family homes targeted in aggravated burglaries in Farnborough

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Family homes targeted in aggravated burglaries in Farnborough

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:19pm 19th August 2019. (Updated at 5:24pm 19th August 2019)

Two family homes in Farnborough have been targeted in aggravated burglaries. 

Both incidents happened on August 13.

The first was between 9.30pm and 10.30pm in Windermere Close.

Around five suspects gained entry to the address through the front door then made threats and asked for jewellery. 

Two men, in their 40s and 20s, were assaulted.

Liquid, believed to be cleaning fluid, was sprayed at the victims and around the property. 

A woman in her 40s and a woman in her 20s were also present. 

Jewellery was stole from the address. 

The suspects are described as white males, possibly speaking with an accent. They were wearing dark or grey clothing and had their faces covered. 

At around 10.45pm on the same night, four masked men forced open the front door of a property in Lancaster Way. 

The 60 year old resident was threatened and assaulted- he then shut himself in the kitchen with his wife while a woman in her 20s was upstairs. 

The suspects left the house empty handed. 

They are described as all wearing dark clothing and black hooded tops with the hoods up.

Hampshire Police has issued the following advice on how to keep high value jewellery safe: 

  • Consider storing it in another 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 – this will help police trace it back to you if it is ever stolen and will help identify it if attempts are made to sell it on.
  • Ensure jewellery is adequately insured. Register all property (not just jewellery) for free on www.immobilise.com.
  • Try to avoid decorating the outside of your home during religious festivals and events. Symbols, flags, lights or other emblems can 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. For more information about crime prevention, visit www.hampshire.police.uk.

Anyoine with information about these crimes is urged to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 44190287264.