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Burglary Alert - Empshott

Alert message sent 12/03/2021 15:47:00

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Dear Resident,
Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a property in Church Lane, Empshott.
The incident took place at approximately 8.20pm on Thursday 11th March.
Two suspects gained entry into an outbuilding and attempted to steal a quad bike.
A line of enquiry we are pursuing is in relation to an Audi Quattro Estate colour blue which may have been involved, index of OV03HCU. Did you see this vehicle in the area at the time?
Anyone in the area at the time of the incident, or may have relevant CCTV or dash camera footage, is asked to contact Hampshire Police on 101 and quote reference number 44210091818. You can also call Crime Stoppers and report anonymously on 0800 – 555111.
**GOOD NEWS** - One suspect was later arrested by our Response and Patrol Officers and is currently in police custody.  
Please ensure you are vigilant at all times, calling police to report any suspicious activity, not just around your own property but anything suspicious in your residential area and community. In an emergency use 999 or 101 for non-emergency. As stated you can also crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.  
Regards, John.
Please see below specific crime prevention advice around Quad Bike and outbuilding security.
(This is not an exhaustive list but may help prevent you from being victim of crime and I appreciate that it may not be possible to complete all of the following)
  • Reduce access by removing all gates and entrances that are no longer in use and replacing them with a permanent fence or other barrier
  • Secure all gates with good padlocks – (If possible use a closed shackle security lock)
  • Repair fencing promptly to prevent/restrict any future unauthorised access
  • Fit wheel clamps to the quad bike and install ground anchors. Using a good quality chain and padlock.
  • Fit a wireless CCTV system with motion detection / sensor ( This can be linked to your smart phone)
  • Fit an alarm – place a motion sensor in the corner of your outbuilding and a door sensor alarm.
  • Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access.
  • Consider fitting a tracking device to your high value vehicles and machinery.
  • Keep a record of all vehicles with photographs and serial numbers. Mark or customise your property so it is easily identifiable. This can deter thieves and assist recovery if they are stolen.
  • Mark up any high valued machinery using the CESAR MARKING SCHEME: CESAR is the nationally recognised marking scheme and is fitted at source to many new quads and tractors. CESAR registered vehicles have their own unique ‘fingerprint’, that is impossible for thieves to remove. CESAR registered vehicles are 4 times less likely to be stolen and 6 times more likely to be identified if stolen.
  • Don’t keep the Quad Bike far from your house.  Having the quad bike enclosed in a locked building which is connected to your house, such as a garage, may be an option to consider.  Even if your quad bike is locked in an outdoor shed, if someone can break the lock and get it without waking you up, the deterrence level is too low.  So, if you have to keep it in an outdoor shed or in an outbuilding or something similar, you want that location as close to your house as possible so that it is within your sight and hearing.
  • Put padlocks through the brake rotors.  This one only works if your quad bike has drilled brake rotors, I believe, but if it does, this is an easy way to keep someone from being able to roll your quad bike.
  • Remove valve stems from the tyres. This may seem a bit extreme since it is going to leave you with flat tyres. This is the easiest way to prevent someone from rolling your quad bike is to remove the valve stems from two tyres so they go flat.  Of course, you will want to make sure you have a convenient and fast-acting pump to fill the tyres when you get back.
  • Remove a necessary fuse. Most quad bikes have an electric starter so if you remove a fuse (and any extra stored fuses) to the starter, fuel pump or key switch, a would-be thief won’t be able to start the quad bike to drive it away.
Message sent by
John Payne (Police, PCSO, East Ha)

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