Hello and welcome to your latest Community Update.

Signs of spring are starting to appear, let’s hope the weather starts improving soon too. I am sending out this Hampshire Alert to bring to your attention a slight increase we’ve seen in theft from sheds (burglaries) within the town centre, it appears that outer buildings are being targeted i.e. sheds, outhouses, summer houses and garages. This is only a handful of offences but we wanted to bring this to your attention so residents can put the appropriate measures in place to secure their properties.

Please can you ensure that you are securing your back gardens, locking your sheds and securing your belongings inside your sheds/garages? We would recommend that you move any valuables, where possible into a more secure building.

Do not leave bins outside fences where people can easily use these to jump over into your properties, use flood lighting and CCTV where possible as these will assist in deterring people.

If you witness this kind of activity or have any CCTV/video footage then please call 101 or use the online reporting tool on hampshirepolice.co.uk and your assistance in this is most appreciated.

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To report crime or suspicious activity, call us on 101 or report it online by going to www.hampshire.police.uk.  You can also report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers instead of the police, on 0800 555111.