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Hale and Woodgreen Neighbourhood Watch

Please be aware of phone-calls from companies called UKM Security or Crime Safety Awareness UK offering 'free' alarms to detect fire, medical emergency, intruders etc. to people in the SP6 post code area, and maybe trying to a arrange a home visit about a free security system. As you are aware, nothing is for nothing, so it is very likely there will be "hidden added costs" and a 'free' alarm could end up costing a 4-figure sum. Advice is – if you feel you need this sort of alarm, please make your own enquiries, get three quotes and always go with professional NSI or SSAIB accredited firms – and not to sign up to, or pay, anything, create a contract, agreement or payment plan/direct debit etc. to a cold calling firm.

Updates from Police ref thefts.

Officers in the New Forest are warning local residents to be vigilant after a number of thefts from motor vehicles across the district in recent weeks. As such, this is a timely reminder to residents across the New Forest not to leave personal belongings or valuables in motor vehicles overnight. If your vehicle is parked on a driveway or in-front of a garage, you may want to consider installing a CCTV camera covering the area which your vehicle is parked or installing a motion-detector dash-cam. This way, it may serve as a deterrent to potential thieves as they know that they will be caught on camera. Most burglaries are committed by opportunists. These are often spur-of-the-moment decisions, made when they see valuables left on view or lapses in security. Personal items such as mobile phones and tablets, handbags and work tools left somewhere obvious can be an attractive target, so please do take them indoors with you every night. Our officers in the community are continuing to follow-up on all reports of thefts from motor vehicles, so please be reassured that we are doing all we can to protect the community and bring these offenders to justice. We would urge you to remove all personal belongings from your vehicle each night. While this might seem laborious at the time, it might just save you from becoming a victim of crime. If you see anything suspicious, please report it to us directly by calling 101, or via our online reporting portal on the Hampshire Constabulary website. As always, if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.

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