Crime prevention roadshows planned to prevent criminals ruining Christmas

A series of pre-Christmas crime prevention roadshows will take place across Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor throughout December.

Staff will offer advice on personal and property safety, as well as tips on preventing crime to cars and outbuildings at the roadshows, called Operation: Stronghold.

Roadshows will be held between 11-1pm, on the following dates and locations:

• December 3 – Festival Place, Basingstoke.
• December 4 – Princes Mead, Farnborough.
• December 6 – Sainsbury’s, Farnborough.
• December 18- Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet.
• December 20 – Wellington Centre, Aldershot.

The roadshows have been organised by the Safer North Hampshire * Community Safety Partnership, in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary.

Crime prevention advice on offer at the roadshows will include the following tips from Hampshire Constabulary and Safer North Hampshire.

• Ensure that all doors and windows are closed and locked if going out for the evening.
• Leave a light on during the evening if you are out – alternatively, you can use a timer switch, which switches on the lights.
• Ensure that any side gates are locked, which will help prevent access to the rear of your property and any sheds or garages.
• Sheds should be secured with a good-quality close shackle padlock, and any outside hinges should be secured with non-return screws or coach bolts. Expensive items such as lawnmowers and bikes should be secured to an anchor point within the shed or garage. You can also consider purchasing a shed alarm for additional security.
• Valuable items should be registered on the Immobilise property register website – www.immobilise.com, where you can log model and serial numbers and any distinctive markings. Photographs of the item can also be uploaded. If an item is stolen and subsequently recovered by Hampshire Police, the Immobilise database will be used by the police to help reunite owners with their property.
• Always lock vehicles, and never leave valuables on display. If possible, remove any tools from vans.
• Try to park in a well-lit and secure area. Keep car keys out of sight, and do not hang them next to the front door.

Councillor Simon Bound, chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: “We hope everyone has a merry Christmas, without fear of opportunistic burglars breaking into their property or outbuildings and stealing valuable items. We hope that more people will be safe if they follow our advice and make life more difficult for criminals so they can’t ruin Christmas.”