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Theft from work vans

Alert message sent 04/09/2019 08:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Dear Residents,
 
Since 21/08/2019 Basingstoke Police have received five reports within the South Ham and Buckskin areas, whereby work vans have been broken into with large amounts of tools being taken from four of these incidents.
 
We are reminding residents the following advice –
 
  • When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.
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  • Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually locked.
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  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don't have a garage, park in a well-lit area if available.
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  • Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.
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  • Take all your personal possessions with you, including tools.
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  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
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  • Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside.
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  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
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  • Do not store your car's documents in the car.
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  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.
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  • Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website.

If anyone has any information they can provide on these incidents or have noticed suspicious people within their residential areas please contact 101.
Please remember that most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions (e.g. handbags, laptops, sat navs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) are left on show inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing.
 
Message sent by
Ryan Long (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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