Advice on looking after property and personal safety, as well as protecting cars and valuable items, will be on offer at a series of roadshows in Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor Borough Council in December.
Staff from the Safer North Hampshire* community safety team and Hampshire Constabulary will be on hand to chat at the following locations and times:
• December 3 – Basingstoke, Festival Place, 11-1pm
• December 6 – Farnborough, Princes Mead, 11-1pm
• December 10 – Aldershot, Wellington Centre, 11-1pm
• December 13 – Fleet, Hart Shopping Centre, 11-1pm
The roadshows, called Operation Stronghold, have been organised by the Safer North Hampshire community safety team, in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary.
Crime prevention advice on offer at the roadshows will include the following:
• Ensure that all doors and windows are closed and locked if going out.
• Leave a light on during the evening if you are out – alternatively, 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 the 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. 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.
For more information, visit www.safernh.co.uk