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Local Police Update

Alert message sent 16/06/2019 12:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Residents,
Here is your fortnightly update.
In the last two weeks there has been a reported increase in criminal damage.  Two vehicles were scratched in PORTER ROAD and HIGHDOWN.  A vehicle’s windscreen was smashed in LONGWOOD COPSE LANE and a vehicle’s wing mirror was broken in ROSSINI CLOSE. 
We have seen a slight reduction in theft from vehicles.  Two vans were broken into in LAPIN LANE and MOZART CLOSE.  Tools were stolen from one van but luckily the other van was empty.
Two theft of vehicles have occurred in COLUMBINE ROAD and HOMESTEADS ROAD.  One was a Mercedes and the other a BMW.
ASB has increased with reports of youths causing a nuisance in the school grounds of MANOR FIELD INFANT SCHOOL and motor/quad bikes being ridden in HATCH WARREN PARK.
Several incidents of burglary have occurred.  Money and items were taken from an insecure property in BOYCE CLOSE. A jet wash was taken from an open garage in BREADELS FIELD.  In the community garden behind KEMPSHOTT VILLAGE HALL forced entry was made into a locked poly tunnel. Several hundreds of pounds worth of damage has been caused.
With the summer holidays fast approaching many of you will be planning to go away on holiday.  Please consider the following advice before you go:
  • Home Security
  • Make your home look like someone is living in it. Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights or a radio on when it becomes dark. Some timers have a built-in random programme to prevent lights coming on at the same time every day.
  • Remember to cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from home.
  • Cut the lawn before you go and trim back any plants that cover windows and doors or places where people could hide.
  • Uncollected mail is a sign that you are away. Ask a neighbour or friend to collect it for you or consider using the Royal Mail Keepsafe service.
  • Store valuable documents or items in a safe. Alternatively consider leaving them with a family member, friend or a bank.
  • If you normally leave valuable pedal cycles or similar in your shed, consider putting them in the house.
  • Make sure that you’ve locked all windows and doors, and if you have an alarm, use it.
  • Consider getting a relative, friend or neighbour to:
    - park on your drive if you have one
    - open and close curtains
    - collect post
    - water the garden
  • Make sure valuable items such as laptops, games consoles, etc, are not on view from outside.
  • Property mark belongings with your house number and postcode, keep a list of any makes, models and serial numbers. Take photos of jewellery. Register your items for free at Using this service will assist the police in returning property to the rightful owner should it be stolen.
  • Make sure that you have up-to-date building and contents insurance and check for any specific requirements relating to security.
  • Lock tools, ladders, etc, away so that they cannot be used to gain entry to your home.
  • Consider fitting PIR or low-level lighting and, where necessary, extra window and door locks.
  • Be mindful of what write on social media which could identify you as being away on holiday.
  • Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property and leave contact details with them.
Message sent by
Deborah Doherty (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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