Crime Prevention advice following four non-dwelling burglaries in Winchester, Eastleigh and Test Valley
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We would like to remind you of some crime prevention advice following a number of non-dwelling burglaries in the Winchester, Eastleigh and Test Valley Districts.
Between Wednesday, 4 May and Wednesday, 11 May, we received four reports of non-dwelling burglaries in the following areas:
Kilham Lane, Winchester
Beeches Industrial Estate, Crawley, Winchester
Castle Lane, North Baddesley
Portsmouth Road, Eastleigh
Items including power tools, machinery and gardening equipment were stolen from storage units between 4pm on Wednesday, 4 May and 1.11am on Wednesday, 11 May.
Five caravans were also stolen from a storage unit on Portsmouth Road, Eastleigh, sometime between 5pm on Thursday, 5 May and 5.30pm on Friday, 6 May.
We are currently investigating the circumstances of these incidents and officers are looking into whether they could be linked.
We would like to assure residents and landowners that we take this type of crime extremely seriously and officers continue to patrol rural areas.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention measures to help keep buildings and property secure.
Equipment and tool security
Equipment and tool security can be a particular issue for rural businesses and farms.
To keep your belongings safe:
lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
invest in a secure storage toolbox
install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
always lock vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession
keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors
mark your tools and equipment and register them
keep a record of all valuable items
consider fitting outside security lights
Take a good look around your property boundary for any potential places where it could be made more secure.
planting thorny hedging to act as a natural barrier
digging deep ditches to control and deter unwanted vehicle access
if possible, having a single-gated access point to the property
using locking posts or temporary obstructions to control large openings
invert and cap gate hinges
making sure fixing bolts are secure and use covered padlocks
installing warning signs
Estate and building security
A good standard of building security is very important in rural areas, especially for outbuildings that may not be visited for weeks at a time.
Farmhouses and other rural properties are the same as any other home, so general home security advice still applies. However, because of the remote location, additional security measures may be beneficial.
To protect your rural home or business:
keep the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
keep all doors and windows shut and locked when not in use
install a visible burglar alarm
make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good repair
fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
fit good quality window locks
consider security bars and grilles for vulnerable windows and openings
make sure gates cannot be lifted off or have their fixing bolts removed
check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly
use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards
For additional security you could also:
install automatic security lights that come on at dusk and turn off at dawn
install CCTV cameras to watch over the most vulnerable areas of the property
install a monitored intruder alarm system
install an entry control system infrared, intercom or keypad
establish a single gated entrance and exit, removing all private access points that are not in use
Rural crime is a priority for us and we will continue to relentlessly pursue suspects. The community are our eyes and ears and we encourage you to report all incidents as soon as you are able to by calling 101 if it’s not an emergency.
You can also report suspicious activity online (if it’s not an emergency) by visiting our website www.hampshire.police.uk