Neighbourhood Watch Jan. - March 2005
Monday 21st March 2005 until Friday 2nd April 2005
Due to the number of you that have asked about the use of force against intruders I have decided to copy the below statement for your information. I hope it is of use.
What is the purpose of this statement?
The following summarises the position when you are faced with an intruder in your home, and provides a brief overview of how the police and CPS will deal with any such events.
having knocked someone unconscious, you then decided to further hurt
or kill them to punish them; or
To ensure such cases are dealt with as swiftly and sympathetically as possible, the police and CPS will take special measures namely:
An experienced investigator will oversee the case; and
(Monday 7th March – Friday 19th March 2005 )
You may have read recently that our Crime Reduction Teams have been out and about in your local supermarkets warning shoppers about distraction thefts. While you scour the supermarket shelves for bargains, pickpockets can be looking into your trolleys for unaccompanied handbags for easy pickings.
The thieves that we are trying to thwart work in teams, one person will distract you whilst the other will simply snatch your bag or remove the purse that is lying on top of your bag in the trolley. Depending on the size of the team, the stolen item could be passed onto another one or two people making it very difficult for us to pinpoint those involved.
The thief will distract you in many ways. It could be a simply request to locate an item in the store or to ask you to reach for a high or low object feigning some sort of illness or injury. It is not unknown for a young child to approach you claiming he/she is lost and who can resist the plea of a young child pretending to be lost? If this approach is used then the team will probably consist of a mother/ daughter team.
How many times have you seen shoppers just walk off in a quest for a forgotten item leaving their trolley and handbag behind.
The Elderly are also a target because they may be slightly slower and more vulnerable than a young adult. Younger people have grown up constantly aware of crime but for the older generation, this is a complete shift in attitude.
Just stop and consider the problems it would cause you if you lost your handbag. Your credit cards would need cancelling, your driving licence would need replacing, all that hard earned cash - gone, your house keys and door locks would need replacing, and . I could go on and on .
I recently asked those of you concerned about your house security to walk up and down your street trying to guess who was at home and who was out. For those of you that tried, It was easy wasnt it? 100 per cent correct I bet? and you werent the burglar!!
So, next time you are in the supermarket, take a few minutes to stand and watch and just look around. See how easy people make it for these opportunist thieves
Monday 21st February 2005 until Friday 4th March 2005
MESSAGE IN THE BOTTLE
'Message in a Bottle' has reached a milestone with the presentation of the 100,000th bottle to a 57 year old man from Good Easter.
You dont know what this scheme is? OK Then picture the scene Locals have not seen Mrs Smith for a couple of days milk and newspapers can be plainly seen at the front door so Police are called. We break in and find her on the floor, alive but weak. Those first few minutes are important, we could save her life but we have no way of knowing if she is diabetic, has heart problems etc. We dont know who her doctor is or her next of kin or what medication she is on.
The Message in the Bottle Scheme solves all those problems. It is a small plastic bottle that is kept in the fridge along with all the required information i.e. your details, doctors details, medicines that you may be taking, next of Kin or Carers Details. The fridge is also marked so that the Emergency Services know that you are in the scheme.
Age is not a restriction in this scheme. You may be in your 20s and suffering from asthma the important thing is that help can be given as quickly and as correctly as possible.
I have these Bottles on the Mobile Police Station and they are FREE. I have given away over 3,000 already so if you are not part of this scheme then please call in and collect one, it is worth the effort.
This may sound silly but if you lose your Credit Cards or have them stolen it is important that you report the loss to your Bank or Building Society as quickly as possible. Being away on holiday or business can slow this initial report down. Installing the Lost/Stolen Departments phone number into your mobile phone is one way of making that early contact.
PROFILE OF PUB AND CLUB DOOR STAFF TO BE ENHANCED
Under the Private Security Industry Act 2001, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) are in the process of registering doorstaff across the county. Some of these security personnel in Essex were previously registered under varying schemes but everyone across the UK are now being brought under one system. Essex will go live at midnight on February 28th 2005. After this date it will be an offence to work a door without a licence and their badges will be displayed.
Monday 7th February 2005 until Friday 18th February 2005
SCAM PROMOTIONS - The Warning Signs
These scams come in different forms letters, email, telephone calls and text messages. It could be news of an unexpected prize draw or lottery win, or a chance to invest in an exciting new money making or investment programme. Promotions of this kind however they are distributed, are a dishonest attempt to trap you into parting with your money. If YOU are approached and offered the chance to partake in something that seems too good to be true, before you respond
STOP AND THINK
Was the promotion unsolicited?
Before you part with any money, take legal or professional advice because the chances are, once you have sent it, you will never see it again. If you suspect a scam, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506, or if Consumer Direct is not yet available in your area, contact your local Trading Standards Department or Citizens Advice Bureau.
Monday 24th January 2005 - Friday 4th February 2005
COMMUNITY SAFETY ACCREDITATION SCHEME
A new partnership scheme to improve the quality of life and the environment in communities across Essex has been launched. This scheme allows The Chief Constable to accredit staff of other organisations, such as council street wardens, with powers to tackle graffiti, litter, abandoned cars and anti-social behaviour. This helps and supports the councils who have a commitment to crime and disorder reduction by making their accredited staff more effective.
Before being awarded any powers the people concerned will be vetted and receive training. Initially the scheme will be for local authority partners but can be extended to other organisations such as universities and housing associations as well as the private sector. People will only be awarded powers that are appropriate to the roles they carry out and they will be properly badged and uniformed along with I D cards that identify them. Please note Employed and wearing a uniform. That point has to be emphasised. If you require further information then please contact me.
Crime affects everyone at some point in their lives in one way or another. Its easy to feel that theres nothing you can do or to worry about the consequences if you do pass on information. Crimestoppers is an Independent UK-wide charity working to stop crime and on a monthly average they receive 6,000 anonymous calls which lead to over 500 arrests. With this system you have the power to tackle crime without leaving yourself open. Its easy, its anonymous and its up to you. Every call is valuable to this system and often your information will help solve not only known crime but also crimes that we are unaware of. They can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
UNTAXED MOTOR VEHICLES
Please dont forget to report all untaxed motor vehicles direct to DVLA on their Helpline. You will require location, make, colour and index number plus any information you may have on the owner.
It does appear, judging by the number of complaints I have received, that parents have ignored the advice and have purchased Gopeds for their youngsters this Christmas. These complaints are made by both pedestrians and motorists. The pedestrians are concerned that they, or their young children, are going to be hurt by these machines, and the motorists are concerned that they may have to live with knowing they killed one of these riders. Parents please, these machines are not for use on the footpaths or roads. They are classed as Motor Cycles and require Insurance, Lights, Crash Helmets etc as well as a Driving Licence. The penalties, if caught, are high for both rider and parent.
Monday 11th January 2005 - Friday 21st January 2005
Right, thats Christmas over and done with for another year time to think about the garden. So why not consider using plants to protect your home and garden? Many plants have a natural defence with spiked leaves and stems which can be used to protect your property.
Plant them underneath and to the side of windows, drainpipes and dont forget areas near single story extensions. Plant them in angles and corners that are hidden from view and to the sides of gates. Encourage the plants to grow over side entrances etc. So many of you still ask for the list of plants I supplied when I toured the garden centres a few years back so, by popular demand, here they are.
Berberis Stenophylla :- Spiny arching branches with yellow/orange flowers - 9 feet.
Berberis Verruculosa :- Evergreen glossy leaves, yellow flows followed by black berries. 3 feet.
Berberis Candidula:- Good for ground cover, spiny dense mounds bearing yellow flowers. 2 feet.
Berberis Ottawensis Superba:- Rich purple leaves 6 feet.
Genista Hispanica:- Excellent ground cover, spiny branches with yellow flowers 2 feet.
Hippophae Rhamnoides:- A strong growing shrub with silver leaves and sharp thorns 16 feet.
Ilex Aquiflium:- Spiny deep green leaves with red berries in autumn 15 to 20 feet.
Mahonia Japonica:- Evergreen shrub, spiny holly, yellow highly scented flowers. 6 feet.
Prunus Spinosa:- Large shrub with spiny branches, Damson like fruit in autumn.
Pyacantha Mohave:- Large evergreen shrub with spiny stems and red berries 12 feet.
Rosa:- There is a bewildering array of roses which are suitable for planting to defend your home and garden ranging from miniature to shrub rose
Rubus Cockburnianus:- White thorny branches, interesting display in winter 8 feet.
Ulex Europaeus:- Very spiny shrub 6 feet.
Crataegus Monogyna :- Native hawthorn has spiny branches covered in scented white flowers 15 feet.
The Garden Fights Back Let Nature Help Protect Your Home - but please remember that these plants will cause injury to both friend and foe. Garden centres and retail nurseries should be willing to help you select the most suitable plant and dont forget to care for the plant. Some areas, i.e. under overhanging roofs etc, will need extra watering and care. These plants are varied and will bring added colour and life to your garden whilst fighting crime.
FRONT DOOR SECURITY
Many of you have double glazed front doors with letter box and inside lockable door handle. When you shut these doors from inside many of you see no reason to lock them; the main reason for this is because there is no handle on the outside. A team of rather clever villains have found a way round this, which means they can get into your home in a matter of seconds.
Dont make it easy for them LOCK THE DOOR AND REMOVE THE KEY.
UNTAXED MOTOR VEHICLES
Please dont forget to report all untaxed motor vehicles direct to DVLA on their Helpline. Tel: 0800-032-5202
Last Up Dated: 21st April 2005