Garages should be securely locked to help prevent break-ins.

Police are appealing for information after a number of garages were broken into in the Alliston Way / Rampton Road area of Whitchurch overnight on Monday, December 19, 2011.

Motorcyle parts and power tools to the value of approximately £1,500 were taken from one of the garages.

A series of garages in Overton, too, were broken into between 02:00 and 05:00 hrs on 28th December according to the officer in charge there, PC Rich Baldwin. A further report of an Overton garage being broken into just came in this evening according to the Overton Police twitter feed.

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PC Matt Sard said: “Thankfully this type of crime is rare for Whitchurch but I would like to remind garage owners to ensure their garages are well secured and checked often.”

He continued, “We would urge anyone with information about who may be responsible for these incidents to contact us. In particular we are keen to trace a couple seen walking a small dog in the garage area shortly after midnight on 20th as they have seen some activity near the garages at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Matt Sard at Basingstoke Police Station on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, please call 0845 045 45 45.

Extra security devices and information is available through Operation Armadillo on 01256 844844

OPERATION ARMADILLO
A community safety partnership initiative promoted by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council for Kingfisher Housing Association has been used by some local residents to increase security of their garages.

Under the scheme, people renting from Kingfisher may be eligible for a free upgraded lock and other security measures.

Further crime prevention advice regarding garage and shed security from Hampshire Constabulary:

  • Fit an alarm to your garage or shed – most DIY stores stock battery-operated alarms suitable for this purpose.
  • Always mark the property you keep in your garage or shed with your postcode – this will help identification if they are stolen and then recovered. Keep a list of property with photographs if possible.
  • Make sure your garage or shed is fitted with a good strong lock, padlock, door hinges or other security device such as a Garage Defender.
  • Make sure items inside the garage or shed are secure – large items can be padlocked together or you could sink a post into the floor of the garage and padlock items to the post.
  • Always remember to lock your garage or shed after use.
  • Do not store large quantities of valuables in your garage and shed.
  • Keep property and fencing in good repair and ensure that foliage and trees are kept trimmed.
  • Check with your insurance company that you are covered for items stored in your garage or shed.

Details of Operation Armadillo are HERE. The police appeal is HERE.

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