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Burglary Crime Prevention

Alert message sent 18/05/2020 15:49:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Dear Residents,

As we are moving into warmer weather and residents are more likely to have windows open,  I would like to offer you all some some crime prevention advice and steps that you can take to make you less likely to become the victim of a burglary.

Crime Prevention
 
Most burglaries are committed by opportunists. The criminal picks a house that looks unoccupied, has little or no obvious security or is in a location where they think they won't be seen.
 
Often these are spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when they see an easy target such as an open window, valuables left on view or lapses in security. By locking at your current level of security you can identify areas for improvement and reduce the risk of becoming the victim of a burglary. Walk around your property - if you were locked out, where would you try to get in? Chances are that would also be where a burglar would try.
 
A checklist of things you can do to improve your security:
 
  • If you wish to install an alarm make sure the company is approved by the NSI or SSAlB.
  • All external doors should be fitted with quality locks conforming to British Standard B83621.
  • All windows should be fitted with key-operated locks. You are able to buy DIY fit locks for almost every type of window. If you are considering replacing any or all of your windows check they conform to BS79S0 Windows of Enhanced Security.
  • French windows and patio doors should be fitted with a multi-point locking system with three or more hook bolts.
  • If you are looking to replace any external door consider replacing with one that meets the standard PAS 24 2016.
  • Make sure your garage is locked, the addition of a padlock or locking bar will improve the security. There are many different security products available to assist in securing a garage. A link door between the garage and the house should be treated as any other external door.
  • Side access or entry points into the rear garden should be gated end locked, Rear garden fence/walls should be 1.8m in height and topped with trellis to prevent someone from climbing over.
  • Sheds should have locks fitted to the doors and windows and any expensive tools or ladders locked to secure anchor point.
  • Use timer switches to switch lights on when you are not in to make your home look occupied.
  • If you’re not already a member, consider joining or starting a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
For more information on home security visit www.securedbydesign.com
 
Unable to assess or rectify your own security? The Bobby Scheme may be able to help
 
Operated by the Blue Lamp Trust in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, businesses and the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The bobby scheme’s trained and vetted fitter can carry out a fill crime prevention survey fitting as appropriate:
 
  • Locks, Spy-Holes, Door Chains as well as smoke alarms.
  • The service is available to anyone who is:
    • Over 65
    • Vulnerable due to circumstance
    • Disabled
    • Has been a victim of Burglary
    • A repeat victim of crime
    • A victim of domestic abuse.

To make further enquiries or to see if someone may meet the referral criteria, please contact via email to bobby@bluelamptrust.org.uk or by phoning 0300 777 0157.  More information can be found at www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/Bobby_Scheme

 
Message sent by
Benjamin Allman (Police, PCSO, Hart District)

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