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Police are reminding Isle of Wight residents to keep their homes securely locked over the summer following reports of burglaries in Seaview, Nettlestone and Bembridge.

The first incident took place between 15:30 and 18:00 on Sunday 14th July in Seaview when a property was accessed via an insecure door. A wallet and purse were stolen from inside.

Similarly, between 10:00 and 12:00 on 15th July, a house in Nettlestone was entered through an unlocked door and a wallet and cash were stolen from inside the house.

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Some time between 09:00 on 15th July and 09:00 on 16th July, an attempt was made to enter a house through a bathroom window in Bembridge. The attempt was unsuccessful and nothing was stolen, but damage was caused to the window sill.

Hampshire Constabulary say they know it is tempting to leave doors and windows unlocked and open in the summer when it’s hot, but it’s important to remember that this can give burglars the perfect opportunity to enter your home. If you’re upstairs or out of the room, even just for a few minutes, close them and help shut burglars out.

Of course, burglars still target homes when the doors and windows are locked. For more information on how to keep your home secure, visit https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/.

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