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Crime prevention

Distraction burglars

Are you worried about:

  • home security
  • strangers coming to the door

What you can do

Who can help?

Ensure that you:
  • fit and use a door chain
  • use it every time you open the door but do not leave it on all the time
If uncertain DO NOT open the door. Remember you do not have to open the door and have every right to turn them away.

You may be able to reduce some risks yourself, or a friend, neighbour, relative or carer might help.

Hampshire Constabulary can provide advice on how to reduce crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The Bobby Scheme provides FREE home security and safety checks to anyone in Hampshire over the age of 60. This service is also available to those most vulnerable due to disabililty or long term illness. They can offer door/window locks, door chains, smoke alarms and much more – all supplied and fitted free of charge.

You could try the Neighbourhood Watch web site for advice.

You might also try the Crimestoppers web site for help to prevent distraction burglary.

You could contact a local Home Improvement Agency who assist vulnerable homeowners and private sector tenants.

They will visit and give advice about problems with the condition of the home, offer a handy person service for small jobs around the home or offer advice on making the home more energy efficient.

Rogue traders

Are you having problems with:

  • uninvited doorstep callers
  • salesmen cold calling

What you can do

Who can help?

Ensure that you:
  • use a recommended trader
  • always ask to see an ID card
  • ring the company before you let anyone in
If uncertain DO NOT open the door. Remember you do not have to open the door and have every right to turn them away.

You may be able to reduce some risks yourself.

The Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme hold a register of checked and Trading Standards approved local trades people and businesses.

Go to the The Protecting Older People (POP) team website where there is more information about dealing with uninvited doorstep sellers, junk mail and misleading prices.

The Quick Response team can intervene at short notice and assist in dealing with rogue traders while they are still in the area.

Hampshire Constabulary can provide advice on how to reduce crime in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Scams

Are you having problems with:

  • large amounts of mail claiming you have won a prize
  • large numbers of unwanted phone calls

What you can do

Who can help?

Ensure that you:
  • never respond to unsolicited mail saying you have won a prize
  • never give out your personal details

You may be able to reduce some risks yourself.

Sign up to the Mailing Preference Service and Telephone Preference Services who will remove your details from marketing lists.

Report it to Trading Standards, if there have been breaches of the law they can follow these up.

Go to the The Protecting Older People (POP) team website where there is more information about dealing with uninvited doorstep sellers and junk mail.

Antisocial behaviour

Are you worried about:

  • noisy neighbours
  • large groups congregating in your area

What you can do

Who can help?

Ensure that you:
  • do not confront them yourself

Discuss your concerns with the Community Safety Service. - for non-emergency antisocial behaviour and community safety advice.

Ring 101 (calls cost a flat rate of ten pence) for the Hampshire accredited Community Safety Officers who deal with antisocial behaviour and other community issues.

Information on calling 101 is on the DirectGov web site.

You could try the Neighbourhood Watch web site for advice.

You might also try the Crimestoppers web site.

 
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Contact numbers

Distraction burglars

  • Hampshire Police
    Tel: 101
    Text phone: 18001 101

Rogue traders

  • Trading Standards (Consumer Direct)
    Tel: 0845 404 0506
  • Trading Standards Quick Response Team
    Tel: 01962 833666
  • Crimestoppers
    Tel: 0800 555 111

Anti-social behaviour and community safety

  • Community Safety Manager
    Tel: 0845 600 1747

Home Improvement agencies

  • East Hants, Fareham, Hart, Havant, and Rushmoor
    Tel: 0845 266 8757
  • New Forest, Test Valley
    Tel: 01425 482773
  • Basingstoke & Deane, Eastleigh, Gosport and Winchester
    Contact: The Housing Team, District or Borough Council (below)

Local District & Borough Councils

Handy Person service

  • Countywide
    Tel: 0800 694 0303

Gardening services

  • Shaw Trust Gardening Support Service
    Tel: 0845 604 4643
  • Trading Standards Buy With Confidence
    Tel: 0845 4040 506
  • Age Concern Hampshire
    Tel: 0800 328 7154