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Burglary Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 24/11/2019 14:49:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Following on from our recent post on theft from vehicle crime prevention advice, we would also like to keep residents up to date with relevant and crucial burglary crime prevention advice, so that you have a better awareness of how you may protect yourself and your belongings.
 
Remember – most of these offences are opportunist in nature – by taking even simple precautions you can greatly reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim.
 
 
Remove temptation:
 
You are more likely to be burgled if your property is unoccupied, security is weak and the burglar thinks they will not be seen/ get caught.
 
Keep valuable items out of view.

Do not leave keys under doormats, or in easily accessible places.

Keep any keys out of view + in a secure place.

Keep tools + ladders in a secure place. They may use your own equipment to brake in.

Do not obstruct visibility of your house, as it will be easier for burglars to work unobserved. Keep fences and plants no higher than waist height.

Hide financial documents.

 
Use security equipment:
 
Can make a real difference in delaying or deterring burglars, and you could potentially reduce insurance premiums if fitting approved equipment.
 
Take a look at your home, work out your security weak points. Imagine how you might get in if you had lost your keys.

Fit window locks. Easily visible locks may deter burglars as they would then have to then smash the glass.

Remove window keys, keep out of sight.

Have an intruder alarm system installed by an approved contractor.

Ensure visible alarm box is visible on outside of home.

Use door chains and spyholes if someone comes to your front door.

Do not be afraid to turn people away. If anyone concerns you ring the police.

If you are a member of a ‘No Cold Calling’ or ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ zone, let people know by displaying stickers in your window.

 
Look like you’re always in:
 
A lot of burglars will target empty homes as they are easier targets.
 
Do not advertise your absence.

Use timer switches, available from DIY stores, to switch on lights and other appliances.

Get a friend or neighbour to collect your post, draw your curtains, park in your drive and make your home look lived in.

 
Secure doors + windows:
 
A lot of burglars get in through open doors or windows.
 
Every time you leave the house secure all doors and windows.

If you are upstairs or in the garden, ensure downstairs is secured.

Ensure doors + windows are locked at night.

 
Secure outbuildings:
 
Do not leave valuable property in a shed that is not well secured (might be unlocked or in a bad state of repairs).

Fit good locks. Padlocks used externally should be no less than 6cm wide and made of hardened steel (closed shackle type is best).

Garages may also be vulnerable. Do not be lured into false sense of security.

Make sure suitable lock is fitted and a shed alarm or similar is installed. A padlock with a hasp and staple on the inside.

 
You can also register your possessions for free at www.immobilise.com – in doing so you will assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.
 
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Callum Holt (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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