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Centre Beat Update

Alert message sent 30/06/2020 10:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Hello, it’s Tom Bark your local PCSO again.

I hope everyone is keeping well over these different times we find ourselves in. It has been great to meet many of you in passing over the last couple of months whilst out on patrol.

Throughout the last couple of months we have seen a reduction in crime throughout the centre of Basingstoke.
With the easing of COVID restrictions shops are now open again in the town which means increased footfall in the town centre. The shops and shopping centres have their own COVID measures in place, can I just ask if you can follow these.
Due to the shops opening we are expecting a small rise in shoplifting to take place, but we do have extra patrols planned to combat this.
We are also working with partner agencies to work on the prominent issues within the town centre to resolve these.

We have seen a rise in the theft of catalytic converters from cars within the last month, so I would like to offer the following advice:
Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park in a well-lit and well-populated area
• If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing your bonnet towards a wall, if possible
• Avoid parking half on the pavement and half on the road as it makes the underside of your vehicle more accessible
• Look out for people working under cars. If you see anything suspicious, call the police
• If your catalytic converter is ‘bolted on’, you can have the bolts welded shut
• Consider security lighting and CCTV at home
• Identify/etch your converter with a unique mark or serial number
* Cat clamps - a cage that surrounds your catalytic converter to prevent it being unbolted
* Security lighting/CCTV on your drive or covering your parking space

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Finally Every couple of weeks we have been asking you to let us know your views on our COVID-19 policing response and this continues to prove useful, so thank you for taking the time to let us know. It’s now that time again when we need to kindly ask you to spare a few minutes giving us your views again please. When completing, if your view has changed at all it would be helpful if you could explain why your view has changed in the comments field.
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Please complete the COVID-19 Response here:

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Tom Bark (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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