Media release - issued 07 Dec 2021

Don't give criminals a great Christmas this year

Criminals don't deserve to have a good Christmas, so Rushmoor Borough Council and Hampshire Constabulary have developed some advice to help ensure everyone has a good festive season.

Christmas is a fun, party time of year, and people want to enjoy it safely. Consider the tips below before heading out to that Christmas celebration:

  • Don't leave bags unattended during a night out, and always use table or bar hooks, if available
  • Drink-spiking is rare, but anyone who starts to feel unwell after drinking, should let someone know immediately to seek help and call the police
  • Try to plan how to travel home
  • Make sure a taxi is registered and displaying taxi licence plates. If concerned, don't get in and report it to the council's licensing team
  • If unsure about being over the limit the next day, after drinking alcohol, make alternative arrangements
  • A free personal alarm is available from the council offices in Farnborough or from Princes Hall, in Aldershot, if anyone would like one - details are below

With many people socialising with friends and family, on holiday or shopping for Christmas presents, homes are often left empty and dark for longer periods at this time of year. Follow these measures to help prevent intruders:

  • Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked before leaving home
  • Leave a light on during the evening if going out - alternatively use a timer switch which turns on lights. These are available from most DIY stores, or by emailing the community safety team on the contact details below
  • Check that side gates are locked to prevent access to the back of the property and any sheds or garages
  • Sheds should be secured with a good quality close-shackle padlock, and outside hinges should be secured with non-return screws or coach bolts
  • Expensive lawnmowers and bikes should be secured to an anchor point within the shed or garage. Consider buying a shed alarm for additional security
  • Valuable items should be registered on the Immobilise property register website, where you can log model and serial numbers, distinctive markings as well as upload photographs of the item. If an item is stolen and subsequently recovered, Hampshire Constabulary will use this database to help reunite owners with their property
  •  Always lock cars or vans, and never leave valuables on display. If possible, remove any tools, and park in a well-lit and secure area. Keep keys out of sight, and don't leave them next to the front door
  • If a vehicle has a contactless car ignition, consider buying a protective sleeve for the key to help prevent contactless car thefts

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for operational services, said: "It's important that we all take measures to look after ourselves and our homes to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime. Incidents can be reported to Hampshire Constabulary via their website, 101, or 999 in an emergency."

For more information, or for a free alarm or timer switch, contact 01252 398399 or email communitysafety@rushmoor.gov.uk.

 
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