Over the last few days there has been a small rise in crimes committed mainly overnight, which include theft from motor vehicle, burglary and thefts from sheds and alike. While the amount is still fairly low overall, I just wanted to bring this to your attention with a view to working together and providing you with information on what we are doing. All crime must begin with some form of prevention, in order that the location is not desirable by any offender in the first place. Some really simple steps can be taken by you to help prevent or deter any would-be offenders.
Keep any smart keys as far away from the vehicle as possible or in a shield case to prevent the signal being interrupted or used to enter your keyless entry vehicles. Remove any item inside the vehicle or from sight where possible to stop the temptation from thieves. Believe it or not many vehicles that have had items stolen from have been left unlocked overnight, it’s an easy oversight with our busy lives and car sharing – it may be helpful to have an evening routine of checking before you go to bed. Many of the thefts are by opportunist thieves who try door handles while out walking about.
The impression that someone is always home is one of the greatest deterrents, along with again as with vehicles locking all of your doors and removing the keys.
Outbuilding & Sheds
Good quality locks and interior scream alarms can be some really simple fixes.
What are we the police doing.
At present these types of crime have no specific pattern as such and the areas in which they are occurring are also varied. Although this rise is only less than a week old I have asked PC Andy White 25308 to own and monitor.
We are aware that many of you have either called us or commented on social media the fact that you have CCTV from your home systems. I would be most grateful if you could pass any clips to Andy to his email – Andrew.email@example.com
Many of these are people walking around at night, some trying door handles with others looking as if they may be up to no good. We would also ask as not to jeopardise any potential future investigations my sending out your own social media clips to the wider public. By doing so can interfere with subsequent identification procedures, target the wrong suspects and generally has a very detrimental effect on any investigation. What you think may be a good idea could actually end up preventing a prosecution. We will do this work only when it is necessary and proportionate in those individual circumstances.
We will target hotspot areas at the times the offences are believed to be taking place based on our analytical studies and other proactive work. Should you happen across any information regarding these matters please email Andy direct, if you wish to report any new crimes or matters please use the normal online reporting, 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency.
In more rural locations there has been a rise in thefts of quad bike and ATV’s. Please ensure that these are locked and secured out of sight and if you are offered one well below what would be the real value then be suspicious that it may be stolen.
PC Will Butcher from our rural Country Watch Team is leading on this series and he can be emailed here on William.firstname.lastname@example.org
We will do our best to keep you updated where we can on any developments, in line with any restrictions we have with ongoing investigations. The reference number for this matter is 4400156999.
Sergeant Trevor Taylor
Basingstoke Neighbourhood Team