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This advice has been passed to TCAP by Hampshire Police
Make sure windows and doors are locked every time you leave your house.
Avoid leaving tools and ladders lying around that could assist someone get into your home.
When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. If you have a timer switch, always use it to put on a lamp or radio.
Before you leave you car ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.
Avoid leaving your purchases in your vehicle. If you must, make sure they are not on display. Rather store them in the boot and make sure the car is locked.
Always lock your bicycle. Use a D lock and make the locked bike difficult to manoeuvre by keep any gaps between the lock and bike frame small.
When online shopping ensure you go to the official websites and have adequate anti-virus software, especially when purchasing expensive items. If you make a purchase from another member of the public, never agree to collect in a car park.
Never leave a bag unattended in a supermarket trolley, even if for a couple of seconds.
Keep wallets in an inside pocket and bags closed and out of sight from potential pick-pockets.
Keep your PIN number confidential and when entering your PIN number at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it. If you are buying or receiving valuable gifts such as bicycles, mobiles or electrical items register them for free at www.immobilise.com. In doing so you will assist the police in returning lost or stolen property, should it be found or recovered.