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Alert message sent 04/01/2020 17:57:00

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Good Afternoon
Hiya, its Brad your PCSO for north beat, I hope you had a great Christmas and happy new year to you.
I just thought I would take the opportunity to update you on some figures and quell any fears where I can and update you on what we have done and what is planned.
In the last 28 days there have been 5 reported burglaries (This crime type covers sheds and garages) in Oakridge and Popley, 2 Garages have been broken into - 1 Where the residents were away over the Christmas period - 1 occurred where a front door was left unlocked in the early hours of the morning and 1 that occurred during the day time. Please ensure that that all windows and door are locked when no one is at the property as this will stop any opportunists from entering any of your property.
Try and avoid leaving any valuables on display as well as where you can making it look as if someone is home even when you are out.
In the last 28 days there has been 8 reported incidents of Thefts from Motor Vehicles, 3 have had items stolen where entry has been gained through unlocked doors, the remaining 5 have had their car handles attempted to be opened but without any success.
Again this shows that in the main opportunists try door handles and if left unlocked you leave yourself as an easy target.
It has Also come to my attention that there is a Facebook page that has mentioned names and address of people who may be committing these offences, We do not have any evidence to suggest that these people have been committing these crimes and any CCTV that we have been shown are not of a good enough quality to identify any persons.
I appreciate that being affected by this type of crime and living in an area where this has taken place can be frustrating, but speculation about who is responsible along with naming people and identifying addresses without substantive evidence can be damaging and could also potentially undermine any prosecution later.
We have increased patrols and are working hard with all evidence available to bring those responsible to justice, this is not always as easy as you may think and by having CCTV which is exteremely useful it has to be good enough to id a suspect in the first instance. We do if someone is charged need to convince a court that the image is the person.
You may well have seen us out on patrol over the last few evenings, we do advertise this on our facebook page which you can share – this does have the effect of showing the offenders we are out and about too and works as another deterrent.
Crime overall year on year does continue to fall and I don’t think we should lose sight of this fact, I will do my best along with the rest of the neighbourhood team to keep you updated and patrol as much as we can.
PCSO Brad Hurt
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Bradley Hurt (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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