It’s the last AAFDI of 2018 next Monday 3rd December so please drop in for festive cheer and a big send off to the ex-Forces Drop-In at the Royal Garrison Church Hall: Details below.
|Officers are reminding residents what simple steps they can take to help deter any would-be burglars as the nights draw in.
Fewer daylight hours mean it can become more obvious which homes are empty, leaving them more vulnerable to thieves.
Tackling burglaries in the area is a top priority for officers, with neighbourhood teams going out on patrols and offering advice to communities.
They know only too well what potential thieves are on the lookout for when considering homes and sheds to target.
Chief Inspector Karen McManus said: “I know how devastating it can be to have your home broken into and we are working hard to stop those who think it is ok to take what they want from others.
“With the days getting shorter many of us are not home from work before it gets dark and a home in darkness can be a tempting opportunity for burglars.
“But there are simple steps that we can all take to help ensure we don’t give them the heads up that our homes are empty.
“User timer switches to switch on lights as darkness falls and putting on the radio on can make a home look and sound occupied, leaving would-be thieves to think twice about targeting your home.
“We also know that burglars don’t like the spotlight, so make sure your external lighting is working and if you haven’t got any, get some installed.
“I’d also urge residents to just check their back gates, ensure they are locked so that burglars don’t have easy access to your property.
“Look out for each other and if you spot anyone acting suspiciously in your street, or see a car hanging around that doesn’t belong to your neighbours, let us know.”
She added: “I would also encourage residents to keep any valuable items, such as jewellery out of sight where possible.
“A jewellery box on display on a shelf or windowsill can attract the wrong attention and simply keeping it out of view will make your home seem less attractive to opportunistic criminals.”
If you have any concerns about suspicious activity in your neighbourhood please contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
For further crime prevention tips head to one of the crime prevention roadshows hitting the streets of Hart and Rushmoor next month.
Safer North Hampshire will be hosting these on December 3 at Princes Mead, Farnborough, at Hart Shopping Centre on December 18 and at the Wellington Centre, in Aldershot on December 20.
Good morning, as we are pushing forward with a number of projects and tasks particularly the Veterans Hubs and Vulnerable Veterans Projects we thought you might like a Newsletter to cover key issues and share thoughts.
We would love to hear from you too, if you have something to share and expand your reach.
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published research revealing concerns over the promotion and use of cardboard baby boxes for infants to sleep in. The article raises three issues: the lack of safety standard regulations currently in place; paucity of observational evidence that the cardboard baby box can be used safely; promotion of the use of the cardboard baby box could undermine current safety messages. The research calls for controlled studies to better understand how cardboard baby boxes are used by families and any safety implications.
A twitter poll by our Director Roger Nield has identified that 56% of respondents are comfortable being addressed as Veterans whilst 28% prefer Ex-Services and 16% Don’t Mind. (n=79)
This is important because in veterans circles there has been a debate as to how they self-identify. Many don’t see themselves as Veterans perhaps being too young, not having served overseas of been “shot-over”. However the standard against which they are judged veterans – and can access all the services is “One Paid Day in our Armed Forces”.
Whilst 72% like or don’t mind being called veterans almost all accept that when accessing services they would search under the title “veteran”.
However Veterans often proudly refer to themselves by their ex-Ship/Squadron/Regiment or Corps plus their role.
This is important information for service providers, say in council offices or folks new to veterans services to help them quickly communicate effectively with their ex-service folk. Especially if that veteran is stressed.
Benchmarking and asking veterans, service leavers, reserves and their families for their views is key to Improving services to our Armed Forces leavers… Please help us to help them by completing this short survey… Typically it takes 3 mins.
But its not a competition!
If you know someone who is a veteran and looking for training/retraining in Property Maintenance there are free places in October in W Sussex.
Check it out at www.vulnerableveterans.org.uk
Good morning – it’s great to hear that this week:
1. That Forces Connect South East-Veterans Hubs are up and running. Over in Kent this week. If YOU have ideas on how our Veterans services can be better joined up. We’d love to hear it… (Tell us).
2. 3PWRR are opening their Army Reserve Centre doors on the 1st Wednesday every month to veterans. Well done PWRR!
3. #LeaveNoManBehind are actively trying to search for and find missing veterans.
We are living in Interesting Times!