The Safer New Forest partnership is urging local businesses, farmers and residents to invest in quality security measures, from padlock alarms to security lighting and CCTV.
The Safer New Forest partnership is offering low-priced but highly-effective alarmed padlock to help householders secure their outdoor buildings and protect their property from intruders. These are available at all New Forest District Council information offices for £10 each.
A burglary at your business is devastating. It can leave you severely out of pocket with a huge loss of income.
The New Forest is relatively low in crime, compared to other parts of Britain, but break-ins are still common. Rural business owners can protect their premises and their stock by ensuring that the correct security measures are put in place.
The Safer New Forest partnership urges rural businesses to follow this security advice, as you may invalidate your insurance if you don't. Find out more information by contacting the organisations mentioned at the end.
Isolated properties, farm shops and stores are all targets for criminals. The partnership advises:
The Safer New Forest partnership also supports the Immobilise website where you can register your property for free. The Police then use this information to reunite stolen items with its owner.
Businesses are advised to avoid leaving vehicles with full fuel tanks overnight. Consider anti-siphon devices. Fuel storage containers should be kept locked and alarmed where possible.
Deter metal thieves , don't leave any scrap materials, tools or machinery outside if possible. Lead can be coated in DNA marking grease, which marks clothes and skin, often helping the police to identify the offenders. Consider using alternative materials to lead when making repairs.