Romsey Police Reports


Beware oil thefts

Please be aware of a recent increase in domestic oil thefts. They appear to be happening across the area and usually over night. Large amounts have been stolen indicating the use of a vehicle being involved.

Please ask everyone to check the security of their storage tanks and to remain vigilant for any suspicious persons or vehicles, they may well be driving round during the day looking for potential targets?

Please do call the police if any sightings of suspicious activity/ persons

Beware Vehicle thefts

There is an on-going problem in the last few months of power tools being stolen from vehicles. A lot have been taken over night which can be prevented by removing these items from the vehicles.

Please security mark your tools and make notes of serial numbers etc.

Can we reassure residents we are aware of the increase in thefts and are increasing patrols and looking at other possible measures to help detect/ prevent these on going thefts in the area.

There seems to be quite a few thefts from motor vehicles in and around the Woodley estate.

Beware of Hotel Key Cards

Grab a refrigerator magnet on your way out the door, we all have tons of them!

Always take a small magnet on your vacation , they come in handy at the end of it. This is pretty good info. Never even thought about key cards containing anything other than an access code for the room!

Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card? Answer: a. Customer's name b. Customer's partial home address c. Hotel room number d. Check-in date and out dates e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.

But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!

The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.

For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!

If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.

Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police Service.


Where it’s portable keep it safe by taking it, together with the support cradle and suction pads, with you when you leave the car.

Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard as thieves will look out for these.

Don’t leave the equipment in the glove compartment – thieves will usually check there first.

You can also help by following these tips:

• Mark your satellite navigation equipment system with your postcode and house number or your vehicle registration number or another unique number, using special security markers. These are available at local Police Stations.

• Making a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keeping the note somewhere safe – not in the car. Consider recording this information on one of the commercially available asset registers.

• Don’t leave anything on view in your car. Thieves are opportunists and it only takes them moments to break into your car.

• Lock all doors and windows, not forgetting the sunroof, when leaving your car.

• Never leave the keys in the ignition when the car is unattended, even while you’re paying for petrol.

Don’t lose your satellite navigation equipment to thieves.


Fraud Alert

Credit and Debit Card Fraud Card fraud includes the use of stolen cards to make direct purchases and the use of compromised card details to buy items over the phone or via the Internet, in ‘Card Not Present’ or CNP fraud. Protecting your card details is important. Do not write your PIN number down or disclose it to other people. Dispose of statements or slips which contain your card details securely by shredding with a cross cut (confetti) shredder. Do not let others see your PIN number, cover your hand when entering it in any machine. Check your statements regularly, including low value transactions. Notify your card company immediately if you suspect fraud. Use a CREDIT card in preference to a DEBIT card, especially if you are not sure about the location at which you are using the card.

Debit cards are linked to your bank account and fraud can result in you becoming overdrawn and not able to withdraw cash. Credit Card companies are very good at spotting unusual transaction patterns. Cash Machines - ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Be aware that cash machines (ATM’s) may have been modified in order to: Copy or ‘Skim’ card details and PIN numbers using hidden cameras. Trap the card in the machine. After the cardholder leaves, the criminal removes the device, along with the card. Be mindful of people behind you at cash machines: They may be ‘Shoulder surfing’ for your PIN Number. Attempt to steal the card using distraction techniques or pick pocketing. Talk you into re-entering the PIN while the criminal watches. If you suspect a device has been placed on an ATM do not attempt to move it. The suspects may be nearby and use violence if their device is likely to be interfered with. Call the police or contact the bank, if it is open, immediately.


Help us to help you prevent burglary Hampshire is cracking down on burglary. We understand that it can be financially costly and emotionally devastating for victims and their families. However, by taking just a few simple measures you can dramatically reduce the chances of it happening to you. Most burglaries tend to be opportunistic rather than planned. So if your home does not look secure, seems unlived in, or provides unobserved access, it could be at risk. Understanding what burglars look for when choosing their target will help you identify weak spots in your home's security. Our 10 Top Tips: Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your house name. Register items with a serial number at:   Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox or windows. Always check who’s at the door and don’t open it if you feel anxious. Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes. Keep your valuables out of sight. Leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Install a visible burglar alarm. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked. Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or weeks at a time. How does a burglar's mind work? Burglary, on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select his target because it offers him the best opportunity to carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured: Side gates open Accessible windows open Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise inaccessible windows Garden tools available to force entry Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and is an indication to the prospective burglar that it's worth a second look. Residents of multi occupancy dwellings or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and to be cautious of people seeking to 'tailgate' them into buildings. The question is, are the occupants in? Milk bottles or parcels on the doorstep Newspapers and mail in the letter box Unlit houses after dark All windows shut in very hot weather These are signs telling the burglar that he is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky a target, he will hopefully move on.

TO STOP A BURGLAR YOU NEED TO THINK LIKE ONE. To a burglar, a stuffed letter box is a dead giveaway when you’re not at home. Ask a neighbour to remove your post while you are away. Are you leaving a thief the key to your house? Never leave a spare key concealed anywhere near the front door - burglars know all the hiding places Prevent letterbox burglaries by storing keys away from the front door Do not label your house keys in case you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands. Remove temptation Where possible, try to keep valuables out of sight from windows. Make it look as though your house is occupied Install timers which switch lights or radios on and off automatically. Have a neighbour or friend pop round to clear your letter box or doorstep. Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive. If going out after dark, draw the curtains, leave some lights on and a radio playing.

To a burglar, a dark doorway is an opportunity to hide. Fit a security light over your front door to deter burglars. If you are away for extended periods Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers Disconnect the telephone answering machine, or re-word your greeting message to give the impression that you are only temporarily unable to answer. Enlist the help of a neighbour, friend or relative to keep a regular eye on your property and keep the front door clear of deliveries. If you are prepared to leave a key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains to be drawn and lights to be put on at night. If snow is on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear inhabited. Check your insurance policy. Some insurance policies for contents don't cover you if you are away for more than 30 days. Set your burglar alarm. If you do not have an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a dummy alarm box. It may well deter the opportunist thief.



·Ensure access to roofs is restricted, for example using splayed guards around rainwater downpipes to prevent climbing. Ensure trees and signs are not within close proximity to the building. If recommending anti-climb measures, ensure you advice signage must be put up (Occupiers Liability Act 1984). · Maximise surveillance by neighbouring properties. · Keep wheelie bins locked up or in rear gardens, as these can often be used to transport the metal and used to assist climbing. · Ensure ladders are locked away or chained up. · Consider using alternatives to lead and copper where possible. · Ensure perimeter security is sufficient.


How safe is your oil tank?

With the ever rising price of heating oil, storage tanks have become a favoured target for thieves. Worst of all the price of replacing the stolen oil can just be the beginning of the cost…

With winter approaching many of us are increasingly using our central heating. If you are a householder or business with an above ground oil storage tank which fuels your heating, the Environment Agency would like you to consider how well protected your oil tank is from theft or vandalism.

Each year the Environment Agency is contacted by homeowners about leaking heating oil tanks. Worryingly this can be caused during the theft of the oil itself as the tank or pipe work is often damaged. If thieves have taken all the oil they can, or are disturbed during the theft, anything left in the tank will usually be left draining to the ground potentially leading to serious pollution.

Cleaning up oil spills is difficult, especially if it enters groundwater, and can be very expensive – easily costing thousands of pounds. It is against the law to cause pollution so you’ll have to take action to clean up any serious spill or leak even where it has been caused by theft or vandalism. Some insurance policies will cover these costs – but often they do not so it is far better to prevent pollution at the outset.

Spilt oil can pollute your local streams, rivers and (if it soaks through the soil and rock) groundwater supplies. In the South East of England we rely heavily on groundwater to supply our drinking water so we must protect it from pollution. Oil is toxic, harmful to plants and animals and is a threat to their habitats.

The oil in your tank is valuable; to help prevent its theft you should consider the following security measures:

Use locks and/or lockable valves – un-secured taps and valves will make oil theft much easier. Remember to ensure that the key/combination is available for refilling, better still, be present for the delivery so that you can see if the correct amount is dispensed without overfilling.

Screening the tank – use plants, shrubs or fencing to make the tank less visible. Ensure that there is still room to access all of the way around the tank so that you can check for signs of leaks or damage. About 2 feet or 600mm should be sufficient to maintain access.

Re-locate your tank – if you need a new tank, or are thinking about moving your existing tank, consider how you can make it less obvious. Can you move it away from the roadside or to the back garden? Remember, the tank must still be positioned to minimise the risk of pollution and not near to watercourses, loose-fitting manhole covers, wells or boreholes.

Check your tank regularly – look for signs of tampering with the tank which could be signs of attempted theft – you may still be vulnerable to theft on another occasion. Also, when checking your tank, look for any signs of corrosion, bulging or staining which indicate it has, or is likely, to leak. However, leaks are not always easy to see – especially if they occur from underground pipework leading into your property, so keep a check on your oil consumption.

If the worst happens and you have a leak or spill:

• Contact your oil supplier for advice and help in removing the remaining oil

• Call our Environment Agency Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60 (24 hours)

• You may also wish to check your insurance policy to see if it covers your oil tank and any spillages.

For more information on how to look after your oil storage tank and avoid pollution please visit the oil bank line website at: