Is Serial Firebug Targeting Homes?


    A serial arsonist could be on the loose as a police investigation is launched into whether two serious blazes in Southampton are linked.

    A home in Shirley Avenue, Southampton, was broken into and a fire started in its kitchen when the offender put a sofa cushion on a gas hob before lighting it.

    Now officers believe a fire the previous night at a flat in nearby Anglesea Road, Shirley, could be connected.

    Police discovered a number of expensive photography equipment was taken including a canon 70D DSLR camera, bag containing camera lenses, and an Acer laptop.

    Detectives are now urging residents to take all precautions to prevent future burglaries.  Advice includes:

-  Lock all windows and doors, remembering to double lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key);

-  Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through a letterbox);

-  Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden, lock them away in your shed;

-  Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm;

-  Make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied.

Story taken from Southampton Daily Echo dated Saturday 21st June, 2014.

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