Summer Holiday Precautions


There are certain measures you can take to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim  such as:

  • Check your insurance documents for any specific security requirements or upgrades.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.
  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.
  • Lock all windows and doors, remembering to double lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Keep all keys out of reach and sight from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox).
  • Do not leave ladders and garden tools in your garden, lock them away in your shed.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.
  • Consider fitting security lighting and a burglar alarm.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with
  • Make use of timer switches to make the property appear occupied.
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
  • Please report any suspicious activity to the police on 101 or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Inaccurate and Dangerous


A badly positioned sign has just gone up at the Hursley Road Junction of North Miller’s Dale. It has been reported to Hampshire CC Highways but not only is it dangerously located but seems to be completely inaccurate. On speaking to HCC they say that the disruption will be between Beechwood Crescent and North Miller’s Dale and will be for most of July which is more than the 10 days suggested. This will affect the traffic lights (temporary lights to be installed) and the resultant delays and chaos will be significant.