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Home Security Challenge

Alert message sent 27/11/2019 19:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear Residents,
As mentioned in my Community Update we are receiving more reports of people acting suspiciously.  I know that many residents are concerned that these unknown persons are gathering information about their properties with a view to committing burglary.
In June this year Neighbourhood Watch and Hampshire Constabulary joined forces to produce the Home Security Challenge
Simply answer the questions below to identify how secure your home is and consider the tips given in each question to help protect your property and keep crime down.
Home Security Challenge – How secure is your home?
Approaching the outside of your home
Does the exterior of your property have lighting for neighbours to view those accessing your property?  YES/NO
Answer No – install external dusk-to-dawn lighting or low level feature lighting
Does your property have defensive planting under windows to deter access to your home?  YES/NO
Answer No – plant shrubs of a defensive nature i.e. thorny bushes, roses and pyracanthus.
Is your property boundary enclosed with a fence? YES/NO
Answer Yes – putting trellis on the top all the way around including gates can prevent unwanted access.
If you are a member of the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, is your window sticker visible? YES/NO
Answer No – contact your watch coordinator for a replacement. If you are not a member, go to to join the scheme.
Do you have a notice on your door asking cold callers not to call? YES/NO
Answer No – then contact Trading Standards or your NHW watch coordinator for more information.
Have you CCTV products installed around your property? YES/NO
Answer No – a simple low cost solution is the Ring doorbell video product which is easy to install.
Do you have blinds or net curtains on your windows to stop people looking in? YES/NO
Answer no – consider putting some up.
Your Home security
How secure are your front and back doors – do they feel solid and are the locks and frames in good condition? YES/NO
Answer No – go to and look for approved kite marked products, visit your local DIY store for more advice or contact a Trading Standards approved supplier/installer.
If you have wooden doors, are they fitted with a 5 lever mortice lock which you always use? YES/NO
Answer No – arrange for the installation of an approved 5 lever mortice lock by contacting your local approved supplier.
Do you have uPVC and Patio doors? YES/NO
Answer Yes – ensure you lock the doors correctly by lifting the handle and using the key, or refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on how to lock your door securely.
If you have double door patio doors to the rear, consider fitting a Patlock device, simple to put on at night but increases security substantially.
Are your windows fitted with locks? YES/NO
Answer No – have a registered and approved locksmith advise you on the relevant locks for your specific windows and consider having them fitted.
Your Home and Garden security
Do you use timer switches on lamps or radios when you are away from your property, to give the impression that the house is occupied?  YES/NO
Answer No – your local DIY suppliers should have light dimers and timers or be able to advise you on purchases.
Answer Yes – please tell your friends to try them but don’t advertise the fact that you use them!!
Have you registered your property on Immobilise? YES/NO
Answer No – Immobilise is the police approved web service to register your TV, Mobiles, Tablets, Cycles and Jewellery (you can add photographs). Police will check this site when they recover stolen items to try and return them to you. Go to to start.
Do you own antiques?  YES/NO
Answer Yes – seek advice from a registered antique dealer as to the best way to mark and protect your property.
Do you own jewellery? YES/NO
Answer Yes – if your jewellery is valuable, ask a registered jeweller for a valuation and how to protect it. If it is not so valuable, photograph it and register on Immobilise.
Are your keys (car and home) left on view and/or they easily accessed to others? YES/NO
Answer Yes – keep them in a safe place and take them upstairs with you at night. Modern car keys should be kept in a shielded pouch or tin – you can purchase low cost pouches online.
Do you have a Garden? YES/NO
Answer Yes – are the gates secured with a hasp and shackle lock fitted with non-returnable screws? Also, can your refuse bins be used by someone to access your garden over a fence or gate?
Do you have a Garage? YES/NO
Answer Yes – ensure a suitable lock is fitted and perhaps a door alarm or similar device is installed. A ground anchor for up-and-over doors offers additional security.
Do you have a Shed? YES/NO
Answer Yes – ensure it is fitted with a hasp and shackle lock with non-returnable screws. Consider fitting a shed alarm and/or dusk to dawn light.
Message sent by
Deborah Doherty (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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