Home Security Advice For National Home Security Month

National Home Security Month, October 2015 | Bassett Lock and KeyOctober is National Home Security Month (NHSM). The programme, sponsored by Yale, is designed to encourage greater home security by offering advice on different areas within and outside of, the home. The scheme started on 28th September and runs all through October.

The five weeks of security hints and tips are planned as follows:

  • Week 1 – National Home Security Month: An introduction to the annual scheme and solutions for keeping your family, home and possessions safe.
  • Week 2 – Lock it up! Helpful information regarding door and window locks will be on offer.
  • Week 3 – Keep it protected: Different solutions will be offered regarding how to keep the valuables in your home safe.
  • Week 4 – The great outdoors: How to ensure that the outside of your home and all outbuildings are as secure as possible.
  • Week 5 – Smart Home Security: This year’s campaign will conclude with smart home security and a look at the latest security gadgets available to protect your home.


The Managing Director of Yale Retail UK gives an overview of the sentiments behind National Home Security Month here. He talks about crime prevention and the fact that if your home has many visible deterrents to a potential burglar, then a property that appears to be an easier option may well be targeted instead. He briefly discusses the need to ensure that your locks on main entrance and exit doors must meet your home insurance policy requirements. He also states that fitting a burglar alarm can prevent your home from being burgled by 60%. 

The NHSM are well supported by many of the big names in the security sector. Companies such as Screwfix, Union – Assa Abloy, Mul-T-Lock and of course Yale are all supporting the event, to name but a few. Members of the public and trades persons alike, can keep up to date with the news from the scheme on the NHSM facebook and Twitter pages. Alternatively, you can subscribe directly from the NHSM site. To do so, you need to follow one of three links which are categorized as follows: Charities, Trade & Retailers and the General Public.

The National Home Security Month, in addition to the annual October programme, do provide year round security advice in their blog. Here you can find heaps of helpful information regarding home security and beyond. From garden security to securing your mail, Summer security to ensuring your caravan is as protected as possible, there is a vast array of useful hints and tips. To find out more about the NHSM, follow the link to their ‘about page‘. 

Should you require any further advice on the subject of home security, then please do not hesitate to contact Bassett Lock and Key on 02380 776 367, for a fast and friendly response.

Pet’s Ashes Stolen In Southampton Burglary

The box containing Holly's ashes, stolen in Southampton Burglary on 22/08/15

The box containing Holly the Rabbit’s ashes, stolen in Southampton Burglary on 22/08/15

The Southern Daily Echo have recently reported on a burglary that took place on 22nd August in Sandhurst Road, Southampthon. Tragically, during the burglary the thieves stole a number of irreplacable items. This included the ashes of the victim’s beloved pet rabbit and a treasured item left to her by her late Grandad.

Karina Chegwidden had only gone out for the day on that particular Saturday, 22nd August 2015. She left home at approximately 07.30am and returned home at 09:30pm. On returning home, due to feeling very tired, Karina went straight to bed. It was not until the following morning, that she even realised her home had been broken into. Karina then quickly became aware of the fact that thieves had burgled her property and had taken a wishing well which her late Grandad had given to her. The burglars had also stolen a box containing the ashes of her much loved pet rabbit, called Holly.

Karina said …

“I was just devastated … We had to go outside and look but didn’t find anything … I don’t know why they took my rabbit’s ashes box because there was no reason for them to take it – it’s just a little wooden box … I’m upset about my Grandad’s wishing well because that’s the only thing I had that was his.”

Karina is hoping that someone in the area at the time on Sat 22nd August may have seen something that could help the police with their inquiries regarding the case. 

According to Karina’s sister Heidi, on the same day, other local residents had also been burgled.

Heidi stated …

“She’s devastated about the sentimental stuff … Her dad bought her a little box and it had a plaque on it and it’s ashes were in it … The only thing we are thinking is that maybe they thought it was jewellery.”

Hampshire Constbulary have requested that anyone with information regarding the burglary that took place on 22nd August 2015 in Sandhurst Road, Southampton should call Hampshire police on 101. Alternatively, you can give information anonymously to CrimeStoppers by phoning for free on 0800 555 111.

CCTV and the Data Protection Act

CCTV cameras - Bassett Lock and KeyThe Crime Prevention Website have recently reported on the changes to CCTV systems for personal use. If you operate a CCTV system at home, it is vital to have a look at the latest guidelines from the Information Commissioner’s Office. This will mean that you can then use your CCTV system safely within the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (DPA).

As an overview, a domestic CCTV system is exempt from the DPA except when any part of your camera overlooks the boundary of your property. If the unit collects images (even if only in part) from your neighbour’s garden or from across the street, for instance, you are subject to the regulations of the Data Protection Act. That does not mean that you are in breach of the DPA though.

To prevent the need to be compliant with the DPA you can simply adjust the angle that your cameras are pointing at. Ensure that each camera is only capturing images of entirely your property and grounds. It is worth mentioning that if you do this however, you may want to improve the security of your home on the boundary edges. 

If as an individual, you feel that you cannot entirely claim ‘domestic purposes exemption’ under the Data Protection Act you should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or visit their website. This will include notifying the ICO of the fact that you are a Data Controller. As the laws governing CCTV under the DPA are new, the ICO do recognise that people will need time to familiarize themselves with the legislation so have so far stated that for the first year under the new guidelines, no action will be taken against an individual, except in exceptional circumstances. It would be wise to get used to the new rules now though, as this level of leniency cannot be guaranteed.

Should you require any further advice on the subject of home security, then please do not hesitate to contact Bassett Lock and Key on 02380 776 367, for a fast and friendly response.

With thanks for the use of the CCTV photograph to Hustvedt under CC BY-SA 3.0

Burglary in Marlands Shopping Centre Pawnbroker’s Shop

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The Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton.

The Dail Echo reported recently on a police appeal that has been launched by Hampshire police, following a burglary that took place in a Southampton pawnbroker shop situated within the Marlands Shopping Centre.

The incident happened on Wednesday 3rd June at some point between 01.15am and 01.30am. Two men were involved with the theft. One of the criminals broke the glass door, enabling the other burglar to gain access to the shop. Whilst inside, he grabbed a selection of Cartier and a Tag Heur watch boxes. Fortunately, all of the boxes were empty. The man that had broken the glass in the door, had been a look out in the doorway. He is reported to have been wearing a full face, red motorcycle helmet.

The two burglars then fled the scene with the watch boxes on a motorbike, that had been left running whilst the event took place.

The culprits are both described as being of slim build.

The man that acted as a lookout was wearing a black jacket, grey jogging bottoms and a white scarf over his mouth. His red trials style crash helmet had a design on the back and a black stripe across the top of it.

The other burglar also had a black jacket on and black jeans. Both of the men were carrying a ruck sack. One of the ruck sacks is described as looking like it was made out of a camouflage type material.

If you have any information about either of the two men, the please call Southampton CID department on 101. Alternatively, you can give information anonymously about the case, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police Appeal for Witnesses To Attempted Robbery in Southampton

Bassett Lock and Key, the local locksmiths for Southampton and surrounding areas.The Daily Echo have recently reported on a Police appeal, asking for witnesses to an attempted robbery that occurred on Sat 23rd May at approximately 3:30pm. The incident occurred on Earls Road in Portswood. A 28 year old man was reversing into a parking space when he was forced to brake sharply,. This was due to the fact that a man had walked behind his car.

The victim then shouted out of the window of his vehicle. In response to this, the suspect then proceeded to threaten the victim. He did this by leaning into the 28 year old’s car whilst holding a pair of bolt croppers close to the victim’s face. The victim was demanded to hand over his wallet.

The driver refused, got out of his car and walked away. On looking back at his car, the victim saw the male leaning in through his vehicle’s window. On noticing that he was being observed, the man then fled the scene empty handed.

The suspect male is described as being in his late 30’s or early 40’s, dark curly hair of skinny build and he is of mixed race. At the time of the attempted robbery, the man was wearing blue jeans, grey t-shirt, navy blue sleeveless hooded top and black sunglasses.

Anyone with any information should call DC Louise Hawkins at Southampton Central Police Station on 101 or alternatively you can forward information anonymously to Crimestroppers on 0800 555 111. 

Home Security for the Summer

Bassett Lock and Key are the local locksmith firm for Southampton and surrounding areasBassett Lock and key would like to offer some security advice for the warmer months. Now that we have had a glimpse of Summer already, we all spend much more time outdoors and leaving doors and windows open for fresh air. This can potentially pose unnecessary security threats to your home and/or business premises.

Lock your Windows

If you are leaving home for the day, this may sound rather obvious for the ground floor of any building. However, it is important to keep any upper floors of your building secure as well. The ideal scenario is to completely shut your window and then lock it, remembering to remove the key from the lock and put somewhere safe and out of sight. If you really must leave the window open to air your bedroom etc then ensure that you almost shut the window, leaving the smallest gap possible and then lock the window.

Lock your Front Door

Of course, we all shut and lock the front door when we go out for the day. But what about if you were out in the garden? Probably not, however if you are planning an extended stay out in your back garden then it is worthwhile locking the door for this eventuality as well. If you were busy strimming the edges of your lawn, would you really hear somebody walk into your home? Probably not. In the time it takes to dig over and plant out a whole vegetable plot, a potential burgler could be busy helping themselves to the contents of your home! If you are planning a day in the garden, lock your front door and this scenario can be easily avoided.

Summer Holidays

The key to keeping your home secure whilst you are away on holiday, is to make it appear to the outside world that someone is still at home. Putting timer switches on different floors for your table lamps and setting them for different times throughout the night is a good idea. If you have a lot of potted plants and/or hanging baskets at the front of your house, ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep them watered whilst you are away. If you can’t find anyone to ask, then move the plants to the back of your house/less visible part of your property. That way if they do die off, it is less noticable that you aren’t at home. Ask a friend to pop in and open and close your curtains each day and whilst they are there to move the post off the doormat. Remember to cancel any milk round order that you may have. Aside of advertising the fact that you’re not there, 10 pints of semi-skimmed on your doorstep upon your return will not be that pleasant to deal with when throwing them away!

Possibly the best security tip that Bassett Lock and Key can give you in this internet age that we live in today, is do not put on any Social Media site that you are away on holiday! 

Depending on your privacy settings, it can be very easy for a would be burglar to zone in on an address from a profile of somebody stating that they are on holiday. The potential thief then knows that they have plenty of time to steal items from that house!

If you would like any further advice on keeping your home and/or business premises safe and secure then please do not hesitate to contact Bassett Lock and Key. We will be happy to help you. Call us today on 02380 776 367, for a fast and friendly response.

With thanks for the use of the photograph of Summer to © Copyright Samantha and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Police Appeal – Former Pub Boss on the Run

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Stephen Tims, Wanted by Police for charges of theft.

The Southern Daily Echo have reported today on the Police appeal that has been launched to try and locate a former pub boss that is on the run from the police, after stealing more than £25,000 from the business in Hampshire where he used to work.

37 year old Stephen Tims, is the former manager of the Waggon and Horses pub in Lymington, Hampshire. He had commenced work at the public house in May 2014 but after only six weeks of his appointment, he ran off with more than £25,000 of the pub’s takings. He had been arrested in connection with the theft but failed to attend bail. He has been on the run ever since.

The Waggon and Horses is part of a chain of businesses and the company owner, Jayne Gillin alerted police as soon as she realised that the stolen money had not been banked.

“Tims was arrested and suspended pending an investigation but skipped police bail.” … “He’d worked for us for years as a relief manager and was as good as gold, but problems started when he became manager.” …“We were devastated when we found out what had happened. Everyone was gutted.”

stated Ms Gillin. She then went on to say…

“I would like to see justice served. He has caused an awful lot of people an awful lot of upset”

However regarding her business now, Ms Gillin said…

“We have moved on….The Waggon and Horses is a lovely pub with a lovely reputation. It’s back on track and doing very well.”

According to a Police spokesman, the last known place that Mr Tims had been living at was in the Bournemouth area. He also said …

 “Officers have conducted extensive enquiries to try to locate Mr Tims and are appealing for the public’s help in finding him.

“Police believe he could still be living in the Bournemouth area and may be working in a pub or a bar.”

Stephen Tims is 5ft 11ins tall, white and has blue eyes and brown hair. If you, or anyone you know has any information regarding the whereabouts of Staphen Tims then please contact PC Jeremy Weston at Lyndhurst police station on telephone number 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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