31 August 2015
Non-dwelling burglaries remain a problem in our area but progress has been made following a successful policing operation in the Test Valley district.
The initiative, which is part of the force’s rural crime crackdown Operation Falcon, saw a 20 per cent reduction in the number of reported non-dwelling burglaries during the operation period.
Officers from the Test Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team targeted criminals operating in the rural areas and delivered crime prevention messages to residents to help keep their property and vehicles secure.
With much of the Test Valley district area being rural, the area presents unique policing challenges, and being able to prevent and detect crime is often harder with fewer witnesses to criminal activity coupled with greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses.
As part of the operation, the officers undertook:
• Increased patrols in the area;
• Investigated trends to identify hotspot areas;
• Worked with youth clubs and colleges to engage with teenagers in the local area;
• Provided crime prevention leaflets to residents in the local area;
• Worked with local retailers to identify stolen items;
• Reinforced the use of stop and search powers in the area;
• Highlighted measures like CCTV, etc., in hotspot areas.
Being the victim of a burglary is extremely distressing and while the police have worked hard to get offenders off the streets we can’t be complacent. As an additional safeguard you might like to consider Immobilise.
This is a free property register enabling users to create a secure record of personal possessions such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras and various other items. Registering it on Immobilise can assist in reuniting you with your possessions if stolen or in deterring an offender from stealing them in the first place. Visit Immobilise at http://www.immobilise.com.
Benefits of property registration on Immobilise include:
• It’s free of charge and very easy to create your personal portfolio on-line;
• Almost any item of property can be registered within minutes;
• You can add specific details relating to items of property – i.e. serial numbers, photographs or individual features;
• If an item of your registered property is stolen you simply inform the Police and then log on to your account on Immobilise and update the status of the item;
• The system is linked to the National Mobile Property Register, which enables the Police to enter serial numbers of stolen items that they have recovered against the property registered. This can then result in items of stolen property being returned to their rightful owner and offenders being brought to justice for their crimes.