BUSINESSES in Ringwood and Fordingbridge have been targeted overnight by thieves.

Hampshire Constabulary say the businesses were in Crow Lane and Salisbury Street as well as Picket Post and offenders have been targeting cash left in safe.

Inspector Mike Minnock said: "Businesses that have been affected are on Crow Lane, Picket Post and Salisbury Street and it appears the offenders have been targeting cash left on the premises in safes.

"As a result, we are making a number of enquiries today, including scoping CCTV opportunities to identify those responsible.

"We will also be increasing patrols in the areas to disrupt offenders and prevent further crimes.

"If you own a business, it is important to consider your current security measures."

The following advice has been issued to businesses:

  • Bank your cash, don’t leave large amounts of money on the premises, consider leaving lights on, tills open and signs saying “no money left on premises
  • Commercial premises should be fitted with a monitored alarm system which is “fit for purpose” in accordance to your insurance company and the value of its assets
  • Ensure CCTV systems are regularly serviced and periodically review the position of the cameras to ensure fixtures and fitting are not restricting the cameras view
  • Exterior lighting can assist a criminal break into the premises. Therefore only leave on if it assists neighbouring properties or passers-by to keep an eye on your property.
  • Keep high value stock locked away outside of business hours
  • Share information about suspicious activity with other businesses owners, and call 101
  • If it’s happening now, always call 999.