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Centre Beat Update

Alert message sent 12/02/2020 12:46:00

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Centre beat update.
Hiya – my name is Tom Bark and I am one of the PCSO’s for the area along with the other following team members
PCSO Headen
PC Blackwell
PC Carter

Since the last update we have had a handful of thefts from people, this being from bags and themselves, most of these occurring in the town centre.
Most of these thefts have been when items such as phones and purses have been taken from the victim’s handbacks or rucksacks because they are easier to take from than something on their person. If you are planning on going heading into the town centre can I advise that you keep purses and wallets on your person in zipped or closed pockets rather than hand bags or rucksacks, as this will make it less likely you will fall victim to this.
On the fourth of February – An elderly lady had a trader turn up at her door offering his services, when they agreed a price and she paid he never returned to complete the work.
If anyone comes to your door and states that you need work doing to your house do not be afraid to ask them to leave and report them via 101 if you are concerned.
Trading standards have a website with a link about this and how you should get a written agreement and have 14 days cooling off time as well as lots of other advice on this –

Robberies. We are still providing high visibility patrols in light of the robberies that have been occurring. Although there had been a rise in robberies in and around the area involving mainly younger people, since our patrols we have reduced this number in February and continue to patrol the area. There have also been a number of charges of offenders who have been arrested. We would like to encourage common sense advice of walking in well-lit places that are likely to be more populated and if possible try to keep any expensive gadgets out of sight.
Parents, I would like to tell you about a fantastic free educational resource called Safe4me
This site provides teachers, professionals and parents with information and resources to help educate young people about keeping safe and making responsible choices.
The site gives help on many issues such as cyber bullying, sexting, drugs, anti-social behavior, knife crime and many others.
For younger children there is a Just for Fun Activity Book to download.
101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or you can report online via
You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit
If you wish to email me personally about a query:
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Tom Bark (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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