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Focus on rural crime

Rural crime, such as burglary from sheds and garages, is being tackling across Rushmoor, Hart and Basingstoke and Deane.

Safer North Hampshire community safety will focus on reducing rural crime, shed and garage burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles and farm equipment during the initiative, called Operation: Stronghold, launched on September 23.

Police and council officers will provide crime reduction advice, as well as crime prevention materials including padlocks and shed alarms at a series of roadshows until November. They will also visit every farm across the area offering crime prevention advice and the opportunity to buy crime prevention materials, such as garage locks, alarm padlocks and oil tank alarms at cost price.

David Lipscombe, Projects Team Leader for Safer North Hampshire, said: “Whether you live in a town, a village or on a farm, you should take security seriously – we are on hand to give advice and recommendations, so try and come along to one of our roadshows. If you can’t make it then feel free to get in touch via any of the contact details below.”

And Chief Inspector Simon Dodds, Hampshire Constabulary Strategic Lead for Rural Policing said: “This is part of our on-going commitment to target harden the rural environment, and to make it a more hostile place for criminals to operate.” Roadshows will take place on:

23 September – Sainsburys, Farnborough,11am to 2pm

25 September – Rushmoor Mobile Libraries, 9:20am to 3.20pm

1 October – Morrisons, Aldershot,11am to 2pm

3 October – town centre, Aldershot,11am to 2pm

9 October – Tesco, Hook,11am to 2pm

11 October – Co-op, Yateley,11am to 1pm

12 October – Scats, Sherfield on Loddon,10am to 2pm

17 October – Scats, Sherfield on Loddon,10am to 2pm

18 October – Odiham High Street,11am to 2pm

23 October – Hartley Wintney High Street,11am to 2pm

26 October – Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet,10am to 2pm

29 October – South Warnborough village shop, 2.30pm to 4pm

30 October – Gill Nethercott Centre, Whitchurch,10:30am to 12 noon

6 November – Tadley Library,11am to 1pm

7 November – Bramley Bakery,11:30am to 12:30pm

16 November – Festival Place, Basingstoke,10am to 2pm

The project has been funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire, as the PCC has identified rural crime as a priority within his work plan.


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