A 25-year-old man from Portsmouth has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison following burglaries in Whiteley and Portsmouth.
On 26 March 2018 jewellery and electrical items were stolen from a home on Clarence Parade in Southsea after the front door was kicked in.
Between 11:30pm on 9 January 2019 and 00:20am, the following morning two cars and a handbag were stolen from a home on Hanoverian Way in Whiteley.
Liam Barry Whittaker of Bedford Street in Southsea was subsequently arrested after he was seen on CCTV using bank cards from the handbag taken during the Whiteley burglary and one of the stolen cars was recovered.
Whittaker was later charged and admitted a number of offences including both burglaries and using the bank cards at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday 11 February.
On Friday 22 February he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for each burglary to be served consecutively. He was jailed for four years and eight months in total.
Whittaker was also sentenced to concurrent terms for a number of other offences that he admitted.
Officer in the case PC Charlotte Pocock said: “The sentences imposed by the court reflect the seriousness of Whittaker’s offending. I hope this brings some closure to his victims as burglary can have a dramatic effect on victims and their families”.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the following crime prevention advice:
- Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, at night, and when you leave your property
- Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door with a multi-point lock ensure you lift the handle and lock it with the key.
- Put all car keys and other keys out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes. It doesn't take much for the keys to be hooked through the letterbox.
- Leave a light on so your home looks occupied if you are going out for the evening. If you head out while it is still daylight and won't be back till after dark then a timer switches (available from most DIY stores) can be useful in turning your lights, radios and other appliances on at a set time before you get back.
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
- Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden; lock them away in your shed.
- Have an intruder alarm system installed by an approved contractor. Ensure a visible alarm box is attached to the outside of your home. Also consider fitting security lighting.
- Use door chains and spy holes to give you extra security if someone knocks on your door. Never be afraid to turn people away. If you have concerns about anyone who has come to your door call the police.
- Record the details of your property such as serial numbers for electronic goods on the Immobilise website (https://www.immobilise.com/)