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Community Priority Burglary

Alert message sent 03/07/2019 10:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Residents,
As a result of the recent survey most residents who responded have identified burglary as their main concern.  Because of your concerns I thought it might be useful to send you some crime prevention advice to lower the risk of your property being targeted, and asking that you remain especially vigilant at this time of year. The weather is very warm and people tend to leave their windows open and many of you will be going on holiday and leaving your homes unattended. 
There have been two reported recent burglaries.  On 28/06/2019 at 23:00 hours a property in CONSTABLE CLOSE was broken into via the kitchen door. A second property in WHARTON ROAD was broken into overnight on 01/07/2019. Car keys were taken and a vehicle stolen.  If you have any CCTV in the area we would ask that you check it and report anything suspicious.
At Home:
A secure home will reduce the chance of a burglary. Make sure windows and doors are locked every time you leave the house.
Avoid leaving tools and ladders lying around that could assist someone get into your home.
When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains, and leave a light on. You could always put a lamp or radio on a timer switch.
Never allow people into your home unless you are expecting them or have made arrangements with the company beforehand.
Never buy goods and services at the door or give away personal information.
If you are going away:

Check you have locked all doors, windows and skylights. If you have an alarm, ensure it is activated.
Inform trusted neighbours and ask if they will keep an eye on your property for you and collect your post.
Use timer switches on lamps and radios so it looks as though you are home. Signs of occupation help deter intruders. Remember to cancel any deliveries such as milk and newspapers.
Car key or "vamoose" burglaries often happen when car keys are left next to an open door or window of a building or, in some extreme cases, when thieves have put a long stick or fishing rod through letterboxes to hook the car keys and make off with the vehicle.
Where possible, park your car in a garage.
If you can't park your car in a garage, park your car in a well-lit area – either on your driveway, or on the road under a street lamp.
Make sure that your vehicle is properly dead-locked and that the alarm and immobiliser is fully activated.
If your car does not already have an alarm or immobiliser, consider having a Thatcham approved product fitted. 
Lock all car windows and doors.
Keep your car keys away from any windows and doors to prevent them from being "fished" through letterboxes, or seen by opportunist thieves. However, make sure you know where they are in case of fire.
Consider installing a letterbox deflector.
Ensure that your front door is locked correctly (lift handle and turn key if UPVC door). If keys have been taken, change car locks immediately.
Message sent by
Lee Gardner (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke Town Centre District)

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