Reward offered after 70 burglaries to beach huts at Mudeford Sandspit

Bournemouth Echo: Reward offered after more than 70 burglaries to beach huts at Mudeford Sandspit Reward offered after more than 70 burglaries to beach huts at Mudeford Sandspit

AROUND 70 burglaries have taken place at expensive beach huts at Mudeford Sandspit recently - with rewards offered for information.

Police are appleaing for witnesses following the burglaries - with two rewards also offered.

Since November 2013 the area has been subject to approximately 70 burglaries to beach huts, with the majority being committed over the last few weeks.

The Mudeford Beach Hut Association (MSBHA) is offering a reward of £500 for the arrest and conviction of an offender as well as a cash reward being offered by Crimestoppers.

PC Rob Donnelly, of the Boscombe Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These crimes have caused a lot of expense and inconvenience to the beach hut owners.

“The large number of these crimes is a concern and I am keen to track down those responsible.

“It is possible that someone has seen something that could help with the investigation. I urge anyone who has seen suspicious behaviour in the area to contact the police.

“It is hoped that the rewards will encourage witnesses and anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.”

Steve Barratt, chairman of the MSBHA, said: “The wanton damage to these family huts has caused a great deal of distress to the owners.

"Given that the huts contain very little of value makes this a senseless act of vandalism that must be stopped.”

Members of the public will only be eligible for the Crimestoppers cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers line – on 0800 555 111 – with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of an offender.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 and quote action number 218679.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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11:24am Wed 12 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples!
If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples! speedy231278
  • Score: 23

11:29am Wed 12 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

speedy231278 wrote:
If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples!
You would think after the first 10 break in's they could have put a temp cctv camera to see what was going on! 70 break in's later and they ask if someone has seen something! Hope they get caught!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples![/p][/quote]You would think after the first 10 break in's they could have put a temp cctv camera to see what was going on! 70 break in's later and they ask if someone has seen something! Hope they get caught! hooplaa
  • Score: 24

12:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

Crime is possibly hard to monitor when the PCSO's and Specials, invariably only work office hours or weekends!

WE NEED MORE REAL POLICE!!
Crime is possibly hard to monitor when the PCSO's and Specials, invariably only work office hours or weekends! WE NEED MORE REAL POLICE!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 13

2:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

mikeymagic says...

hooplaa wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples!
You would think after the first 10 break in's they could have put a temp cctv camera to see what was going on! 70 break in's later and they ask if someone has seen something! Hope they get caught!
I wonder how many owners are or were against cctv as it's an invasion of privacy. If you're not doing anything wrong then why care. After the first couple you would have though as per other comments on here, add some cctv/alarms. 70 incidents is an embarrassment to Dorset Police. Stop worrying so much about civil liberties and using cheap ineffective pretend officers and get a grip on issues.
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples![/p][/quote]You would think after the first 10 break in's they could have put a temp cctv camera to see what was going on! 70 break in's later and they ask if someone has seen something! Hope they get caught![/p][/quote]I wonder how many owners are or were against cctv as it's an invasion of privacy. If you're not doing anything wrong then why care. After the first couple you would have though as per other comments on here, add some cctv/alarms. 70 incidents is an embarrassment to Dorset Police. Stop worrying so much about civil liberties and using cheap ineffective pretend officers and get a grip on issues. mikeymagic
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

apm1954 says...

lawless once an area becomes run down this is what you get.
lawless once an area becomes run down this is what you get. apm1954
  • Score: -1

2:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Dinosaur Pete says...

I was the Beach Superintendent on the Sandbank many years ago. Every winter some of the huts were broken into but one year over a hundred were raided in about two weeks.
After laying in wait one night with a companion and with the police being aware and standing by, we caught four youngsters red handed.
When asked why they were doing it, they replied "because there's lots of booze left in them".
Don't invite problems "sheddies" , EMPTY your hut and save yourselves, the police and C.B.C. a lot of trouble.
I was the Beach Superintendent on the Sandbank many years ago. Every winter some of the huts were broken into but one year over a hundred were raided in about two weeks. After laying in wait one night with a companion and with the police being aware and standing by, we caught four youngsters red handed. When asked why they were doing it, they replied "because there's lots of booze left in them". Don't invite problems "sheddies" , EMPTY your hut and save yourselves, the police and C.B.C. a lot of trouble. Dinosaur Pete
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Dinosaur Pete wrote:
I was the Beach Superintendent on the Sandbank many years ago. Every winter some of the huts were broken into but one year over a hundred were raided in about two weeks.
After laying in wait one night with a companion and with the police being aware and standing by, we caught four youngsters red handed.
When asked why they were doing it, they replied "because there's lots of booze left in them".
Don't invite problems "sheddies" , EMPTY your hut and save yourselves, the police and C.B.C. a lot of trouble.
What next, don't leave booze in your house when you go out?
[quote][p][bold]Dinosaur Pete[/bold] wrote: I was the Beach Superintendent on the Sandbank many years ago. Every winter some of the huts were broken into but one year over a hundred were raided in about two weeks. After laying in wait one night with a companion and with the police being aware and standing by, we caught four youngsters red handed. When asked why they were doing it, they replied "because there's lots of booze left in them". Don't invite problems "sheddies" , EMPTY your hut and save yourselves, the police and C.B.C. a lot of trouble.[/p][/quote]What next, don't leave booze in your house when you go out? speedy231278
  • Score: -3

2:54pm Wed 12 Mar 14

anigel says...

Probably linked to the recent arrests of 5 people caught in the act of breaking into beech huts at Hamworthy park
Probably linked to the recent arrests of 5 people caught in the act of breaking into beech huts at Hamworthy park anigel
  • Score: 3

5:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

If people are stupid enough to leave valuables in what is basically a very expensive shed, on a scrap of land with no security or passing cars or police patrols then you have more money than sense!
If people are stupid enough to leave valuables in what is basically a very expensive shed, on a scrap of land with no security or passing cars or police patrols then you have more money than sense! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 5

5:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

Looks like an outer towner has been shopping.
Looks like an outer towner has been shopping. BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

7:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

Was there no security cameras anywhere about,even at entrance to headland.
Was there no security cameras anywhere about,even at entrance to headland. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

10:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

So the Police did not keep an eye on things once a spree of vandalism and burglary began? What were they doing? Why are thew 'appealing;' for public help now, and not being proactive before this happened?
So the Police did not keep an eye on things once a spree of vandalism and burglary began? What were they doing? Why are thew 'appealing;' for public help now, and not being proactive before this happened? Yankee1
  • Score: -1

12:01am Thu 13 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

Yankee1 wrote:
So the Police did not keep an eye on things once a spree of vandalism and burglary began? What were they doing? Why are thew 'appealing;' for public help now, and not being proactive before this happened?
Are there are cops left?
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: So the Police did not keep an eye on things once a spree of vandalism and burglary began? What were they doing? Why are thew 'appealing;' for public help now, and not being proactive before this happened?[/p][/quote]Are there are cops left? BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

8:51am Thu 13 Mar 14

skydriver says...

speedy231278 wrote:
If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples!
Now that is what I thought we pain this new police Commisioner to sort out , or was that just a pipe dream.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: If the crime rate in the area has been increasing in recent months, should there not be an increased Police presence in the area? Or as burglary is not an offence that you can be fined for as opposed to being imprisoned, are they simply not interested? My office had an attempted break-in a couple of years ago, with visible footprints and fingerprints, and they weren't even interested in taking samples![/p][/quote]Now that is what I thought we pain this new police Commisioner to sort out , or was that just a pipe dream. skydriver
  • Score: 0

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