Hampshire Constabulary local priorities consultation

The Test Valley South Local Neighbourhood Policing Team is consulting residents on the local community policing priorities for the next three months. In order to ensure that they are working effectively in the community, they are asking residents to tell them what issues are affecting them the most. Their aim is to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime and make the local neighbourhoods safer places to live and work.

The survey takes just five minutes to complete and will close on 10 September.

For more information and to complete the survey visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/D2KZMDJTestValley

Crime and anti-social behaviour survey

Hampshire Constabulary has produced a survey which asks residents to help identify future crime and anti-social behaviour policing priorities.

The survey for Test Valley residents is available here. Residents are asked to share and complete the survey by Thursday, 30 April.

Ageing Well in Hampshire

A consultation held earlier this year asked older people throughout Test Valley what their priorities and concerns were that if resolved, would enable them to live a full and healthy life. These results, together with responses from across Hampshire, have been used by Hampshire County Council to refresh their older people’s wellbeing strategy, Ageing Well in Hampshire.

Accessing transport and getting about easily was identified as the top priority for older people in Test Valley. This was followed by wanting to feel safe, both at home and when out and about.

Results from Test Valley, and how they compare to previous years and the Hampshire-wide priorities, are summarised in the table below.

Priority

Hampshire ranking 2014

TV ranking 2014

TV ranking 2011

Feeling safe when out and about

1

3

4

Feeling safe at home

2

2

7

Getting about on transport as easily as possible

3

1

1

Knowing about the benefits I am entitled to

4

4

3

Information about health and wellbeing

5

5

2

Information about what clubs and activities are available nearby

6

6

9

Knowing more about home maintenance

7

7

5

Finding out about physical activities I can do

8

9

13*

Finding a trustworthy gardening support

9

8

6

Knowing more about housework and cleaning services

10

10

8

*The 2011 survey had 16 questions. Priority 10 in 2011 was knowing more about energy saving and home insulation.

The full strategy can be found on the Hampshire County Council website by clicking here.

Chimney Fires – Advice from Hampshire Fire Authority

Seasonal hazard

In recent years we in Hampshire have seen many fires in homes, which started in chimneys. Whilst we continue to successfully reduce the number of fires across Hampshire, recent years have seen an increase in chimney fires.

There are some specific actions that home owners can take to prevent these fires and I would ask that you bring to the attention of residents within your area:

• Chimneys should be examined regularly, fire can spread from within the chimney through worn brick jointing;
• Chimneys should be lined especially in older properties and definitely in all thatch properties;
• Chimneys should be swept at the start of the burning season and then:
o Once per year for smokeless fuel and oil;
o Twice a year for coal fires
o Every three months for wood burning fires;
• Burning unseasoned wood will create greater soot and tar build up and should not be used or chimneys swept more often.

We saw some devastating fires in thatch cottages last year. All of these fires are believed to have started within chimneys. Please encourage residents living in thatch buildings to have their chimney inspected by a qualified professional and always follow the guidance above.

For more information on chimney safety please go to http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/yoursafety/athome/preventionathome/chimneyfires.htm

In all cases, householders should follow the basic principles of keeping safe from fire within the home. This includes:

• Always having working smoke detectors within the home – one on each level as a minimum;
• Think about and practise an emergency evacuation plan and ensure everyone within the house knows what to do in a fire;
• Reduce fire hazards within the home, such as ensuring all electrical equipment is in good order and sockets not overloaded, naked flames such as fires and candles are extinguished fully before going to bed and smoking is done in a safe place – discarding used cigarettes in a safe place.

More home safety information is available at http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/yoursafety/athome/preventionathome.htm

Thatch Fire Safety

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Rural Romsey Police – Beat Report January 2012

Click here Romsey Rural Jan 2012 to see the latest report from the team in Romsey.

Romsey Rural Police – important information

Two burglaries in the Rural area were reported on the 5th December between 1000 hrs and 1500 hrs.

The first reported Burglary incident was in East Dean where unknown person/s have gained entry to a property by smashing the ground floor window with a ceramic pot and stealing electrical items. Possible sightings of a Dark blue BMW was seen in the area at the time. The second reported incident occurred in Dunbridge Lane Awbridge, again unknown person/s have gained entry by smashing a ground floor window, items of jewellery and a lap top were stolen.

Crime Prevention recommend that

  • As ever we ask everyone to stay vigilant by keeping gates, doors, and windows shut and secure especially when you are out.
  • To keep all sheds and out-buildings locked and secure – if possible alarmed. Offenders will often use your own tools to break into your property.
  • Do not leave hand bags and wallets in view of the windows.
  • If possible – now the evenings are dark, to have inside lights come on with timer switches.

Any information please make contact ~  non-emergency or  to report a suspicious person or vehicle call 101 or in an emergency call 999