The recent rise in criminal activity in rural areas in this part of Hampshire has encouraged our local policeman, PC Andy Reid, to host a meeting in the Valley to discuss aspects of crime prevention.
A number of houses and outbuildings have been broken into in the area, including a disturbing situation in Cliddesden recently when someone broke into two houses at night while the occupants were asleep upstairs.
“ I decided that due to an increase in certain types of burglary offences, where the most simple efforts in crime prevention could well have made it impossible for the thieves to gain entry, or at the worst make life considerably more difficult, that perhaps the populous may need a brief reminder,” said PC Reid.
The meeting is being held on Wednesday November 14th 2018 at the Village Hall in Preston Candover, beginning at 7.00pm. It is the third, and possibly the final briefing meeting that will be held for the immediate future. The first was in Mapledurwell when 50 local residents attended, and on the second at Herriard 38 people turned out on “a foul wet and windy night “.
It is anticipated that PC Reid will be accompanied by Ms Julie Gallagher, a Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Officer, who will review some of the tricks of confidence tricksters, and their various scams and other information on what is known as ‘door step crime.’
“The agenda will include practical advice and literature on home security, security for outbuildings, sheds / garages, locks, alarms, lighting, foliage etc. All things you can do to make life difficult for intruders and criminals. Hampshire Trading Standards will be providing advice and literature on protection against scams, nuisance calls, cold callers to your home, protection from door step criminals and measures to protect the vulnerable within our communities, which will also include your rights after purchasing goods, and registered tradesmen that have been vetted and can be trusted to do your work<” said PC Reid.
“I hope people will come and learn more on how to help protect their homes and property. I hope it will be a good turnout but I feel it is important regardless of the number attending,” said PC Reid.