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Centre Beat Update

Alert message sent 15/08/2019 23:18:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Good afternoon,

I am PC Chris Reid Milligan from the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Basingstoke. I am one of the Police Officers for the Town Centre beat area of Grove, Eastrop, Brookvale and Kings Furlong. This is an update on the beat’s priorities for the last couple of weeks with some accompanying crime prevention advice.

Current Priorities

There are 3 current priorities for the Town Centre:
1. Residential Burglaries
2. Robberies
3. Cycle thefts

1. Residential Burglaries
In the last fortnight 4 Residential Burglaries have been reported to Police with 3 taking place during this time. One of these was a break into a garage and another was a break into a shed.

We know home owners are careful but still take any opportunity to pass on prevention advice:
• Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
• Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.
• Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.
• Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.
• Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through letterbox).
• Check your insurance documents for any specific security requirements or upgrades.
• Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with www.immobilise.com
• Make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied.
• Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
• Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/
• Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
• Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.


2. Robberies
In the last fortnight there has been 1 robbery reported which took place during this time. The incident occurred whilst as a person took items from a shop.

Whilst we know there is a high level of vigilance in our business community we always take the chance to pass on advice:
• Ensure staff have good lines of sight across the store.
• Try to keep high value items away from being displayed near entrances/exits.
• Make sure CCTV cameras are in good working order, the position provides the best possible coverage and they are serviced annually.
• Keep cash on the premises to a minimum.
• If you open late at night, consider the staff you have on duty. You may need two people working especially if one is new or inexperienced.
• Remind staff to report any suspicious activity to the manager or the police. Detailed should also be recorded and include details such as date, time, description of person.
• Speak to staff about what to do in the event of a robbery and ensure they know where this information is detailed in your policies.
• Make sure staff are able to use any appropriate security equipment such as panic alarms and CCTV.

3. Cycle thefts
In the last fortnight there have been 2 thefts of pedal cycles reported, both have taken place during this time.

We still always suggest that you use the best lock you can afford to deter thieves and ensure that your cycle is clearly marked.
Should the worse happen to have photographs along with distinguishing features, serial numbers etc. noted.

This compares to last fortnight’s update where there were 5 Residential Burglaries, 3 reports of Robberies and 1 incident of Cycle theft.

We hope you are managing to enjoy the summer despite the recent turn in the weather.

Regards,

Basingstoke Town Centre Beat
Message sent by
James Headen (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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