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POLICE /PARISH FORUM - a date for your diary……
at Chelmondiston in the Village Hall on Wednesday 27th July at 7.30pm.
An opportunity for representatives of each parish council on the peninsula AND members of the PUBLIC to meet with a member of the Safer Neighbourhood Team and discuss any policing issues and community safety issues you may have. Notices are up around the village and on the notice boards.
Priority Setting Meeting - 16th September 2015
Venue: East Bergholt High School at 7.30pm
This is the time to voice how you feel about policing on the peninsula.
Police are urging motorists to be aware of a potential roadside scam involving men claiming to have broken down.
The warning follows a number of incidents in Norfolk and Suffolk this week whereby drivers have been flagged down by men from a supposedly broken down car.
Warnings after bogus 'police officer' scams pensioners
Police are again urging people to be vililant after a pensioner was conned out of thosands of pounds, while another had a 'lucky escape' by men posing as police officers.
For further details See www.suffolk.police.uk under News and Events.
Police issue advice around heating oil theft
With the nights drawing in and the temperature outside beginning to drop, Suffolk Police are advising residents to ensure their heating oil is kept safe this winter.
Traditionally police see an increase in reports of heating oil thefts between November and March, as residents put their central heating on and order more oil supplies. On average in 2012 there were 14 reports per month of heating oil thefts, with 30 incidents reported in February.
This year the Suffolk Police Community Safety Unit has produced a leaflet of security advice, aimed at people with domestic heating oil tanks. It reminds residents to take a few simple steps that can help to make their tank and fuel more difficult for thieves to target. These include:
* Screen your tank with fencing or hedges.
* Close and secure any gates leading to the tank.
* Conceal or cover any external pipes and fuel lines.
* Install dusk to dawn security lighting. CCTV is also a good deterrent.
* Install lockable caps supported by a closed shackle padlock.
* Consider installing a tank alarm.
* Join a Neighbourhood Watch Team.
The Community Safety Unit is also currently engaging with major oil suppliers across Suffolk with the intention of supplying them with quantities of the leaflets to be given to the householder at the time of delivery. Crime Reduction Oficers will also hold stocks of the leaflets and can be contacted for further advice.
If anyone requires more in depth security advice or a copy of the leaflet they are invited to contact Suffolk Police on 101 and ask for the Crime Reduction Officer for their area.
NOTE: Some oil tanks are plastic and some are metal, so any security measures, which directly affect the tank or the pipe work, should always be installed in consultation with the tank supplier.
A message from Police Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore
Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident. http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/reportacrime/tellthepolice.aspx
DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.
Police Direct Team
Many people don’t pay as much attention to their home’s security during the daylight hours. This is because people tend to feel “safer” when not surrounded by darkness. However, when looking at statistics burglaries are just as likely to occur during the day.
A burglary at a property can occur at anytime day or night, in fact many burglaries occur during the day, as offenders tend to blend in better with the surroundings and are able to offer more plausible excuses should they be challenged, such as “I am lost”, “I was looking for Mr X who lives somewhere around here”, “I thought this property was for sale” and “I’ve lost my dog”, along with various other excuses that can be more easily made during the normal daylight working hours.
Suffolk Streetwatch Schemes
A website offering general information, news and details of how to volunteer for Suffolk Streetwatch schemes in Babergh is being launched tomorrow, Wednesday 29 May.
The launching event for the website www.suffolkstreetwatch.co.uk will be taking place in Belle Vue Park in Sudbury at 6pm, meeting at the Newton Road entrance. Attending the launch will be volunteers of the Streetwatch schemes, the Street Pastors, Park Rangers and local community. Members of the media are invited to attend.
A 'Streetwatch' scheme is run by local residents who want to promote good citizenship and support a stronger neighbourhood, while empowering the community to take ownership of their public spaces through high-visibility patrols. It is a police and community partnership initiative, which aims to enhance the quality of life in an area.
The new website will allow members of the public to obtain further information about the scheme and how to become a member, whilst also allowing existing members to access a secure forum and book patrols online.
Anyone who is interested in joining one of the current three Streetwatch schemes in Hadleigh, Sudbury or Great Cornard or enquiring about setting up a new scheme should contact Crime Reduction Officer Verity Line on 101 or use the ‘contact us form’ on thewww.suffolkstreetwatch.co.uk website.
Help us Catch Hare Coursers
Suffolk is one of the safest counties in the country. However, we cannot afford to be
complacent and it is essential that we continue to work together to combat crime in
all its forms.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in hare coursing incidents across
the county and have stepped up our response accordingly, using a range of different
tactics to catch and convict offenders.
Because of this increase, we want to raise awareness of this crime to the whole community,
while reminding everyone to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activities.
To help us catch the culprits, it is important that incidents are reported to us immediately
so that officers can get to the scene as soon as possible.
You can help us further by being aware of the following guidelines:
- Call 101 to report any suspicious activities or movement of vehicles. No one knows the countryside better than residents of rural communities.
You are in the bestplace to notice unfamiliar people, vehicles and suspicious activities. Informationsuch as the make and direction of travel of vehicles can be extremely valuable.
- If people are actively hare coursing on your land, immediately dial 999 and ask forthe police. Ideally take note of vehicle makes, colours, registration numbers, timesand specific locations.
- Under no circumstances approach the offenders or confront them.
- Observe the activities from a safe distance, even a neighbouring field, rather thanengaging directly with suspected coursers.
- Keep the Constabulary informed of further movement and direction, if the suspects have moved on.
Suffolk Police are warning businesses and members of the public to be aware of a scam currently operating in the county.
Police have been informed that business owners and the farming fraternity have been telephoned by individuals claiming to request financial support for PCSOs. In the phone call, described as a ‘hard sell’ reference is made to a PCSO magazine for which the caller is selling advertising space.
The call claims the money would be targeted at PCSOs who deal with rural crime issues and anti-social behaviour in relation to young people.
The nature of the calls is crude and aggressive, with a high pressure approach to attempting to secure agreement. Once this is declined and the caller is challenged, they hang up.
Suffolk Constabulary can reassure the public that no such funding campaign is currently taking place and is not ‘official’ in any sense. The force does not endorse such an inappropriate method of selling space in a magazine.
Any conversations that the police have about PCSO funding would be with councils and other relevant partners in respect of cost sharing and this would be carried out in a more formal process.
Trading standards are also unaware of this particular approach, but they have now been informed of the ‘scam’. Anyone purporting to be calling for this purpose is not genuine. Police would advise that any members of the public receiving such a call should immediately hang up.
If you believe you have been the victim of a ‘scam’ or fraud, contact Suffolk Police on 101.
More information on tackling ‘scam’ phone calls can be found on the Suffolk County Council Trading Standards website
Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/reportacrime/tellthepolice.aspx
Police Direct Team
Suffolk SAFEKey SchemeSeptember 2012
The NEW Key Recovery Service forms part of Suffolk Constabulary's already established Suffolk SAFEKey Scheme.
Every year the Constabulary is handed 1000s of lost keys that, despite their best efforts, cannot be reunited with their rightful owner. Suffolk Constabulary is well aware of the cost and concern resulting from the loss of keys.
As part of their commitment to keeping properties safe from crime, this new service is being offered to residential and business owners within the county, providing protection and assistance should you lose your keys.
It also allows the police access to your property in the event of an incident occurring whilst your property is unattended.
From as little as £1 a month Suffolk SAFEKey offers you the following benefits:
- A Suffolk Constabulary branded key fob, with unique reference number, meaning there is a 90% likelihood that your keys will be recovered if lost when attached to a fob*.
- Cover for your keys if lost anywhere in the UK or EU.
- £10 reward to the finder of your keys courtesy of Suffolk SAFEKey
- Secure databases letting the police know whom to call in the event of an incident at your unattended property.
- A window sticker to confirm your membership to officers, and more………….
As a member of Suffolk SAFEKey you will be helping communities across the county through the Safer Suffolk Foundation, the Constabulary’s charitable arm. Any money above that required to operate Suffolk SAFEKey is fed into the foundation, which funds community projects that are aimed at improving community safety issues, providing young people with positive activities and improving community cohesion.
To join Suffolk SAFEKey simply visit www.suffolk.safekey.org.uk or call the SuffolkSAFEKey hotline on 08444 121 802.
Suffolk Constabulary takes pride in keeping Suffolk safe. Their commitment to improving the service they offer the people in Suffolk is reflected through their partnership working that provides local policing solutions to local problems. Suffolk Constabulary believe Suffolk SAFEKey will help them with this aim.
*Based on Keycare Ltd’s comparison between numbers of keys reported lost and overall number of keys found during a 12-month period.
July 2012 - Beware of Scam
Suffolk Constabulary is reassuring members of the public after a resident contacted officers after receiving a threatening email.
The scam email was received by a Rushmere resident a few days ago and claimed that a contract has been taken our on his life unless he paid to have it cancelled.
The email warned that he should not tell anyone about the email, as the person who had taken out the contract would find out.
The male recipient wisely did not take the threat seriously and made police aware. There have previously been similar scam emails and, while many people immediately identify them for what they are, there is concern that others may take them seriously and be concerned.
Police are advising people that fraudsters will try anything to get you to part with your cash and this is just one of a number of email scams. If you receive any unsolicited email that asks you for cash then please do not send any.
If you believe you might be being set up as a target for fraud or have been a victim of this type of fraud and need advice contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101.
Police Direct Team
June 2012 - Request for Views
Suffolk Police Authority has commissioned a telephone survey of 3,465 Suffolk residents to hear their views about the service they receive from Suffolk Constabulary.
The information collated in the Local Policing Survey, which is being carried out this month, will be taken into account when the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner decides on the amount of council tax that Suffolk residents will pay next year.
This survey is being carried out now to gather up-to-date information to give the new Commissioner a better understanding of the public’s priorities as decisions are made on how policing in the county will be funded.
Questions posed in the survey will gauge the public’s views on levels of anti-social behaviour, the perception of crime, whether people feel safe in their community and whether they feel they get good value for money from the Constabulary.
A Police and Crime Commissioner will be elected by the public in November this year and the successful candidate will take up their role on November 22. They will be responsible for ensuring that policing in Suffolk is efficient and effective. They will also be responsible for all police funding; they will decide the budget, allocate funding and assets to the Chief Constable and determine the police element of council tax.
This year approximately two thirds of the policing budget comes from a Government grant and this will reduce by 20% by 2016. The rest of the budget is made up from council taxes; this is about 11.5% of a total council tax bill and amounts to £166.77 for a Band D property this year.
The Local Policing survey is also available to anyone living in the county who would like to take part; if you would like to take part in the survey please call 01473 782777 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police Direct Team
June 2012 - Beware on-line loan cheats
Suffolk Constabulary is urging web users to be wary of online loans as some sites cheat you out of money. Some websites offering loans will ask for money upfront to cover what they may refer to as admin fees, tax protection or payment protection. Many such sites may also ask for payment through UKCash vouchers or Pay Point vouchers.
No legitimate loan provider will ask for money upfront in such a way. Payment vouchers can also be difficult to trace for police, making prosecutions and compensation very difficult.
DS Panicos Monk said: "We're urging people to be sensible and look for these warning signs when applying for loans online". "It's best to do some research into the company before using them. Many postal addresses can turn out to be false when you put them into a search engine for example, and some people may have already come across the company and posted about them online." "These so-called 'companies' regularly change their name and can disappear overnight."
A Lowestoft woman recently lost over £700 to one such scam before reporting the incident to police.
If you think you have fallen victim to such fraud, contact Suffolk Police on 101.