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VEHICLE THEFT Brighton Hill and Hatch Warren

Alert message sent 09/12/2020 09:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

I am sorry to report that over the weekend two motor cycles and a van have been reported stolen around the Brighton Hill/Hatch Warren area.
On Friday 4th December between 14:00 and 14:30 hours a Herald Classic 125 motorcycle was stolen from an address in Birches Crest.
On Saturday 5th between 00:05 and 10:30 hours a Yamaha motorcycle was stolen from an address in Haydn Road.
Also on Saturday between 19:25 and 19:45 hours a Ford transit van was stolen from Schubert Road.
It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, especially if they are left either unsecured or with inadequate security.
Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security.
Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief so don't make it easy for them. Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike as thieves can break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.
You could also CONSIDER fitting an alarm and property marking the parts.
Always lock your van when it’s unattended and after locking your van , try opening one of your doors to see if it has worked.
Be careful not to advertise what might be inside your van
Don’t leave behind valuables or any signs of them 
Keep your keys out of reach and sight - If you leave keys within reach, you will be making it easy for thieves to take or clone them. Here are three common methods that thieves use:
1. Using a hook or pole through an ajar window or letterbox to snatch your keys.
2. Breaking into your property to get them, especially if they are visible from outside.
3. Using a key cloning device - if your keys are in sight they are likely to be in the range of these devices.
Using stickers as a visual deterrent such as “This vehicle is fitted with a GPS tracking device”
You can also consider making your vehicle more secure with security add-ons such as choosing the right locks for the job.
Locks can be an extra obstacle for thieves to overcome and/or a visual deterrent – such as a steering wheel lock.
Different locks can be chosen to strike a balance between convenience and security.
Using immobilisers to prevent hot-wiring and driving off with unattended vehicles.
AND FINALLY…. Trackers can help retrieve your vehicle if it has been stolen
Message sent by
Deborah Doherty (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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