Householders warned after series of raids

Bournemouth Echo: REMINDER: From left are PCSO Mark Lane, police support volunteer Isobel Widmer and PC Alan Leeland of Highcliffe Safer Neighbourhood Team REMINDER: From left are PCSO Mark Lane, police support volunteer Isobel Widmer and PC Alan Leeland of Highcliffe Safer Neighbourhood Team

POLICE in Highcliffe are urging residents to take extra care securing their homes and businesses after a spate of crime in the area.

The Highcliffe and Walkford Safer Neighbourhood Team have issued the warning after an “unusually” active period of criminal activity in the area including burglaries and thefts.

Two armed robberies have taken place recently in the seaside village – one at the Post Office in Lymington Road and another at the Mace store in Saulfland Place.

Two men have been charged with the robberies as well with another at Co-op in South-bourne.

And earlier this month, raiders fled with a safe containing hundreds of pounds-worth of takings from the Salvation Army store in Lymington Road.

PCSO Mark Lane said: “There have been several burglaries in the area, a large proportion of which were committed whilst the householders were away visiting friends and families over the Christmas period.

“Entry was gained to properties by forcing doors and windows so this is really a reminder to residents not to be complacent.

“We want people to be mindful of what’s happened recently so they can take steps to prevent it.”

PC Alan Leeland added: “Incidents like these are a sign of the times and also the season we are in.

“People have been away with family so houses have been empty and businesses have perhaps looked a little quieter than normal.”

He added: “It’s not just houses but business premises have also been targeted, suffering theft and vandalism.

“We would reassure residents not to be alarmed by the recent events but to be mindful of simple measures which could make a big difference.”

Patrols have been increased in the affected areas and the team is urging all residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

The officers will be holding a crime prevention roadshow on Thursday, January 31, in Wortley Road car park behind the Co-op from 10am-noon.

They can be contacted on 07825 521818.

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5:46pm Mon 28 Jan 13

skydriver says...

Last week we read that crime was falling ,,! A lot can happen in a week
Last week we read that crime was falling ,,! A lot can happen in a week skydriver
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7:50pm Mon 28 Jan 13

snake hips says...

wheres our press friendly police commissioner?
wheres our press friendly police commissioner? snake hips
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7:50pm Mon 28 Jan 13

snake hips says...

wheres our press friendly police commissioner?
wheres our press friendly police commissioner? snake hips
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12:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

mytown1 says...

I again say no Police Station in Highcliffe and Christchurch Police Station open Monday to Friday. My last visit (before Christmas) to report something found it to be closed for lunch! If someone can be bothered to go to a part time Police Station (as it appears to be in Christchurch) why would they go back repeatedly on the off chance that someone may be there. This is a joke to try and tell the public to be more vigilant right!
I again say no Police Station in Highcliffe and Christchurch Police Station open Monday to Friday. My last visit (before Christmas) to report something found it to be closed for lunch! If someone can be bothered to go to a part time Police Station (as it appears to be in Christchurch) why would they go back repeatedly on the off chance that someone may be there. This is a joke to try and tell the public to be more vigilant right! mytown1
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6:18pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr says...

The problem at Christchurch Police Stn. I believe is down to a reduction in the number of front desk staff. If my information is correct, not very long ago three staff were employed on the front desk, and this has now been cur to one.
So therefore, if only one person is available, what happens when they need to pay a visit to the toilet, or when they take their lunch break?

This seems to be another success story from our coalition government. However, fear not, because Mr Cameron tells us "we are all in this together". No need to worry then!
The problem at Christchurch Police Stn. I believe is down to a reduction in the number of front desk staff. If my information is correct, not very long ago three staff were employed on the front desk, and this has now been cur to one. So therefore, if only one person is available, what happens when they need to pay a visit to the toilet, or when they take their lunch break? This seems to be another success story from our coalition government. However, fear not, because Mr Cameron tells us "we are all in this together". No need to worry then! Victor_Meldrew_ Jnr
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7:21pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Perhaps if the police spent more time on catching criminals rather than victimising motorists, filling in paperwork and being glorified social workers crime would be reduced. The public sector is bloated and needs to be reduced. Luckily it is.
Perhaps if the police spent more time on catching criminals rather than victimising motorists, filling in paperwork and being glorified social workers crime would be reduced. The public sector is bloated and needs to be reduced. Luckily it is. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!
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