Join the crackdown on rural crime in the New Forest by making sure your property is protected from thieves.
The Safer New Forest Partnership is urging local businesses, farms and residents to invest in quality security measures – from padlocks and alarms to security lighting and CCTV.
“We urge the rural community to secure any outbuildings, including sheds, garages and stores, to prevent burglars from striking,” said New Forest Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson.
“Intruders are actively targeting rural premises for valuables, including metal and oil fuel – don’t become a victim, make sure you secure your property.”
The Safer New Forest Partnership is offering a low-priced but highly-effective alarmed padlock to help householders secure their outdoor buildings. Priced £10, it can be purchased at New Forest District Council information centres across the district.
Other security measures recommended by Safer New Forest include:
“The New Forest is a relatively low-crime area but that’s no excuse for apathy,” said New Forest Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson. “I would advise all residents to protect their property, especially when it is left in outdoor buildings which may be easier to access. Lock your outbuildings and remember if you don’t, you may not be covered by your insurance.
“I urge anybody with information, or wishing to report a theft, to contact the Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Useful information about suspicious activity given by the rural community can often hold the key in unlocking a line of police enquiry to bring an offender to justice.”