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Burglary in Timsbury

Alert message sent 16/08/2019 17:50:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


There has been a Burglary in Timsbury this afternoon between 1200 and 1300 hours. An outbuilding was broken into a Batteries and a generator were stolen. A silver Hatchback with partial registration of EN56 was seen leaving the scene at speed.
Police reference 44190290900 refers.
There have been other attempts in the wider rural area today.
Did you witness this incident?
Please call 101 and quote 44190290900 if this is the case.

Have you had any suspicious callers recently? 
Do you have CCTV footage of them?

We are seeing a slight rise in Residential Burglaries of outbuildings where generators and petrol driven machines (Chainsaws, leaf blowers and alike) are being targetted. Please assure your property is protected in a secure lock up and that you have recorded it's make, model and serial number.

Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their home and property while at the same time leaving valuable garden tools and cycles in a shed that is either unlocked or not maintained.
Garden crime is now becoming more and more common. Tools such as lawn mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, power tools and bikes are expensive items to replace and may incur the victim extra insurance premiums. This can also be an open invitation for thieves to use garden implements to break into their house or car.

High burglary rates from sheds indicate that they are not only easy to break into but there is a large market for the stolen contents. With this in mind, consider if the property kept inside would be better stored elsewhere.
Advice:
  • Place all tools and garden equipment in locked sheds and garages.
  • Secure more expensive items, e.g. mowers, bikes to an anchor point within the shed or garage.
  • Mark all items with postcode and record serial numbers. e.g. UV pens or forensic marking kits. Register the details for free on www.immobilise.com
  • Take photographs of items such as statues and garden furniture if they are unusual, for easy identification at a later date.
  • Fit a shed alarm.
  • Keep the structure in good repair.
  • Consider covering windows with curtains to obscure the view of the contents.
  • Consider external lighting.
  • Ensure the garden fences are in good repair between neighbours to prevent unlawful access.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
Message sent by
Tristan Pugh (Police, PC, Test Valley District)
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