Drinking is not a Crime. Rape is.

To coincide with Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s priority for September 2014.  Suffolk Constabulary wants to raise the profile of serious sexual offences with a Time to Stop poster campaign which focuses on offenders and their behaviour and impact.

Rape Time to Stop

Alcohol is often involved in cases of rape, and is one of the most commonly cited factors in attempts to explain or excuse it. However, although alcohol consumption is something in which anyone over 18 is free to indulge, in the public discourse around rape and sexual assault, its significance is something that plays out very differently for women than it does for men. Alcohol is seen both as something that greatly increases the vulnerability of women not only to rape, but also, perversely, to accusations of blame for that rape. Although it is men who perpetrate rape, it is women who are urged to modify their behaviour by abstaining or drinking less, and thus accommodate the danger posed by predatory men.

Alcohol is used by men who rape both as a means of incapacitating the women they assault, and also as an excuse for their own behaviour. It is deeply ingrained in our culture that this is the natural order of things – that women are prey and therefore obliged to behave in a way that can prevent or avoid harassment and assault.  The result of this is that behaviour which genuinely is problematic (to the extent that it is criminal) – the willingness of so many men to target and exploit women who are drunk, or use alcohol as an excuse for assaulting them – is never challenged or even addressed.

Suffolk Police investigates every single report of rape.  Responsibility for rape will always lie with the rapist.

Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk safe

September is Fleet Safety Month

This is a campaign led by ‘Brake‘, the road safety charity.

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Are you a Fleet Company or Fleet Driver?

At least a third of road deaths and a quarter of serious injuries are the result of crashes involving someone driving for work – whether it’s a company car driver, a professional driver of a commercial vehicle, or someone driving their own vehicle on company business.

In all these situations, the employer has a duty of care to do what they can to ensure the driver and their vehicle are safe. However, while some companies have comprehensive policies and practices to safeguard company drivers and other road users, many more are failing on their duty of care responsibilities, sometimes with horrendous consequences.

 What needs to be done?

Organisations with employees who drive for work can help make our roads safer by putting in place comprehensive policies and procedures to manage and reduce the risks their staff face and pose to others. This includes policies to prevent dangerous driving behaviour, such as banning all use of phones at the wheel, and requiring regular rest breaks.

Employers should provide driver assessments, training and education on safe driving, and monitor any incidents that involve their staff to address problem issues. They should use the safest possible vehicles, rigorously maintained, and fitted with the latest safety features, such as telematics to monitor speeds, and the latest devices on trucks to eliminate blind-spots. Brake encourage companies to minimise risk by making fewer at-work journeys by road, using teleconferencing or trains to get to meetings.

Brake believes companies should be required by law to report any fatal or injury collisions involving their vehicles to the Health and Safety Executive – as they are already required to do for other safety matters that cause far fewer casualties – and should face prosecution and stiff penalties if poor safety management is found to be at fault.  We also need greater investment in roads policing, and rigorous enforcement of truck and bus safety rules.

For more information about this campaign, check out the Brake website.  This and other road safety campaigns will be highlighted during this year’s Road Safety Week (17-23 November).


Community Speed Watch

Suffolk Police LogoCommunity Speed Watch

Do you…

  • Have any spare time?
  • Want to reduce the speed of vehicles in your community?
  • Have young children?
  • Have pets that may wander around your neighbourhood?

Community Speed Watch makes a valuable contribution to road safety within the Ipswich District and we seek additional volunteers.  The police will provide the right level of reassurance and enforcement but officers cannot always carry out speed enforcement checks in every location that wants them on a regular basis.

Can you spare 1 hour a week?

Why not get together with like-minded members of the community and use speed detection equipment to monitor traffic speeds in your community.  This will help to raise awareness and the dangers of speeding in order to help improve the safety of your community.

Check out What’s involved

A film has been produced which explains how communities can work together to reduce speeding in their area.

So if you can spare a little of your time and are interested in joining, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

More information is available on the Suffolk Police website, alternatively telephone 101 and ask to be put through to Community Safety.


Community First Responders

The ambulance service is looking for more life saving volunteers who can help in areas across Suffolk.

Community first responders (CFRs) were set up more than 10-years-ago in Suffolk by the ambulance service to attend 999 emergencies in their local community. Since then the schemes have grown in numbers and can even be found in the larger towns in the region.

A CFR is a volunteer who is trained by the ambulance service to attend emergency calls in the area where they live or work.

Suffolk Community Partnership Manager Jon Needle said: “We have around 60 groups in Suffolk getting vital aid to patients faster in rural and hard-to-reach communities. It is such a rewarding role and people can give as much or as little time as they like.”

Community First ResponderTheir aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives on scene.

Community first responders are sent by ambulance control to life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests. They live or work in area where a group is set up and can get to an incident in just a few minutes while an ambulance resource is on its way.

Their role is to help stabilise the patient and, in doing so, keep the patient alive until the arrival of the more highly skilled ambulance crew, who are trained to undertake further life saving techniques.

Why is an early response so important?

The concept of community first responders originated in America through work undertaken by Dr Richard Cummins. He discovered that if a series of events took place in a set sequence, a patient suffering a cardiac arrest had a greater chance of survival.

These events are known as the ‘Chain of Survival’.

Chain of Survival

If the ambulance service can send a community first responder who is trained in basic life support, in using a defibrillator and in administering oxygen, to a collapsed patient within three to four minutes, that patient’s chances of survival will increase by 10% for every minute that the community first responder is there prior to the arrival of the ambulance crew

Who can become a CFR?

Anyone can become a community first responder but you must:

  • Be physically fit
  • Aged between 18 – 70
  • Agree to a criminal record bureau check
  • Have a sympathetic, caring nature
  • Agree to undertake training

More information available on the East of England Ambulance Service website

If you are interested in joining or know someone who might be please contact:
Jon Needle, Community Partnership Manager
Email: suffolkresponder@eastamb.nhs.uk
Phone: 07710 340640



Staying Safe at Outside Events – Last August Event

There were several large music and art events and festivals that took place in Suffolk this August:

This Sunday sees one of the largest multicultural festivals happening in Ipswich:


Suffolk Police and ourselves have previously published a number safety messages about staying safe at events and festivals, these messages remain important and relevant to any and all events whether large or small.

Consider your own personal safety

Please take some time to consider your personal safety.  Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated from your friends.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, make sure your battery is charged up. Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Look after your valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you and don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket. Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event.

Driving to the event?

You are less likely to become a victim of vehicle crime if you take a few precautions:

  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Never leave anything on view
  • Lock all valuables (including Sat Navs) in the boot or take them with you
  • On removal of a windscreen Sat Nav, wipe away any sucker marks

Leave nothing on display

Have a great time and stay safe

Burglary Prevention – Hot Tips

When planning days or evenings out, when going away on your annual holiday,  or just taking advantage of the warm weather and spending the day in the garden, please be aware that most burglaries are committed by opportunist criminals.

They may spot a window open, an unlocked door, anyway that they can use to enter insecure premises and help themselves to the property inside.

In most cases the burglary could have been prevented.  Please check out our postcard of hot tips:

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For more home security and burglary prevention information and advice go to the Suffolk Police website.

Have a great time and Stay Safe

Dealing with Rural Crime

Suffolk is one of the safest places to live and work and the chances that you, your family or your neighbours will become a victim of crime are low. Suffolk is also a very rural county and incidents of ‘rural’ or ‘agricultural’ crime do occur and these incidents are taken extremely seriously by Suffolk Police.  Officers work with partners and landowners to provide advice and assistance to ensure that all is done to prevent rural crimes from occurring.

NFU Rural Crime Figures

Reporting Suspicious Activity

  •  All communities are asked to remain vigilant and report suspicious behaviour to the police
  • Report individuals asking specific questions about, or taking pictures of, a facility or a farm’s processes
  • Report any attempts to purchase fertilisers, diesel, herbicides or pesticides by those not authorised or suspicious individuals
  • Take the registration number of any suspicious vehicles

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To keep up-to-date with all the latest information about crime and policing issues in your area of Suffolk, sign up to the Free messaging service, Police Direct. If you wish to speak to someone at Suffolk Police, then use the 101 non emergency telephone number.  However in an emergency always call 999 

Tractor/Equipment Security

Tractor equipmentAll property, including tractors/JCBs etc should be uniquely marked, photographed and recorded somewhere safe. Details should include serial, chassis and model numbers. Suffolk Police have a wide range of useful rural crime information, with topics range from equipment security to hare coursing, available on their website.

On the Suffolk Police website you can download the ‘Shutting the gate on Rural Crime’ leaflet which contains lots of information on Police rural crime initiatives.

Fertiliser/Fuel Storage

Where possible store all fertiliser inside a dedicated locked building or compound.

Chemical Storage Bags

  • Do not leave fertiliser where it is visible to the public
  • Do not sell fertiliser unless the purchaser is known by you to be a bona-fide farmer or user
  • Record fertiliser deliveries and usage and carryout regular stock takes and Report immediately any stock discrepancy or loss to the police
  • Record any manufacturer code numbers from the bags and detonation resistance test certificates as you may be required to present them

Thefts from oil and diesel tanks are also on the increase. Here is some previously published information which suggests some simple steps to take to protect your storage tanks.

Watch Schemes

In Suffolk there are a number of  ‘Watch’ schemes including: Farm Watch, Horse Watch, Allotment Watch, Marine Watch, as well as the widely known Neighbourhood Watch. To read more about all about the different watch schemes and about how to join one, go to the Suffolk Police website.

The Charity Crimestoppers has also launched the largest social media campaign in its 26 year history, specifically aimed at rural crime. Rural crime represents a major challenge to our society and it costs the United Kingdom in the region of £42,000,000 a year and this makes it a very lucrative source of income for the criminals.

The Health and Safety Executive has more information on farm safety and on the storage and transportation of fertilisers, particularly ammonium nitrate. They also have a multi-agency Leaflet about fertiliser storage.

Other useful sources of information about tackling Rural Crime include:

NFU Mutual
Farmers Guardian
Farmers Weekly
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner