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Burglary Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 29/01/2020 16:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Basingstoke police understand the threat of burglary is a big concern to the residents of Basingstoke, and will continue to provide residents with relevant and crucial burglary crime prevention advice, so that you have a better awareness of how you may protect yourself and your belongings.

Remember – by taking even simple precautions you can greatly reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim.

Remove temptation:
You are more likely to be burgled if your property is unoccupied, security is weak and the burglar thinks they will not be seen/ get caught.

- Keep valuable items out of view.
- Do not leave keys under doormats, or in easily accessible places.
- Keep any keys out of view + in a secure place.
- Keep tools + ladders in a secure place. They may use your own equipment to brake in.
- Do not obstruct visibility of your house, as it will be easier for burglars to work unobserved. Keep fences and plants no higher than waist height.
- Hide financial documents.

Use security equipment:
Can make a real difference in delaying or deterring burglars, and you could potentially reduce insurance premiums if fitting approved equipment.

- Take a look at your home, work out your security weak points. Imagine how you might get in if you had lost your keys.
- Fit window locks. Easily visible locks may deter burglars as they would then have to then smash the glass.
- Remove window keys, keep out of sight.
- Have an intruder alarm system installed by an approved contractor.
- Ensure visible alarm box is visible on outside of home.
- Use door chains and spyholes if someone comes to your front door.
- Do not be afraid to turn people away. If anyone concerns you ring the police.
- If you are a member of a ‘No Cold Calling’ or ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ zone, let people know by displaying stickers in your window.

Look like you’re always in:
A lot of burglars will target empty homes as they are easier targets.

- Do not advertise your absence.
- Use timer switches, available from DIY stores, to switch on lights and other appliances.
- Get a friend or neighbour to collect your post, draw your curtains, park in your drive and make your home look lived in.

Secure doors + windows:
A lot of burglars get in through open doors or windows.

- Every time you leave the house secure all doors and windows.
- If you are upstairs or in the garden, ensure downstairs is secured.
- Ensure doors + windows are locked at night.

Secure outbuildings:

- Do not leave valuable property in a shed that is not well secured (might be unlocked or in a bad state of repairs).
- Fit good locks. Padlocks used externally should be no less than 6cm wide and made of hardened steel (closed shackle type is best).
- Garages may also be vulnerable. Do not be lured into false sense of security.
- Make sure suitable lock is fitted and a shed alarm or similar is installed. A padlock with a hasp and staple on the inside.

You can also register your possessions for free at – in doing so you will assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.
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Callum Holt (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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