Staying Safe at Outside Events – August

There are a number of great music and art events taking place in Suffolk this August beginning with:

Tom Jones


Tom Jones at Newmarket Nights, 1 August



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

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous times in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, although it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and do not go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival but look after yourself and your friends

Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin the rest of the weekend by overdoing it on Thursday. Give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Limit: stick to it. “Think Again before you drink another drop”
    Think Again bottle


  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without consent you could end up going to prison for rape. Just like with alcohol you need to know when to stop! Saying no means the same in every language
  • Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Festivals aren’t hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen and they are more likely to when you are drunk and not so aware of what’s going on around you. Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.


  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Camping 1


If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.


Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security or Campsite Assistance Team.     There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors who attend many such events who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Have a great time and stay safe



Church Watch – Lead Thefts

Reduce the risk of lead being stolen from your church roof

Here is some Police advice on how to protect churches and their property.
Think about using alternative materials to lead when making any repairs.


  • coating lead flashing and drain pipes in anti-climb paint.  This is non-drying and marks clothes and skin to help identify offenders.  It should only be applied above 2.4 metres from the ground and must be clearly signposted to comply with the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984
  • coating lead in silver paint.  This devalues the metal and makes it less likely to be stolen
  • using coloured lead.  This will allow flashing to blend in with the rest of the building, making it more difficult to identify.
  • Also think about using a forensic solution, such as SmartWater, SelectaDNA, RedWeb or Crimestoppers products, to security mark your property.

More detailed information is available in this CHURCHWATCH Security booklet.  It offers advice and guidance on how to reduce the risk of crime in churches and is invaluable to every person who has responsibility for such buildings. Its aim is to give cost-effective advice commensurate with the risks and hopes to also stimulate ideas and awareness of which crime risks can be managed.

If you see any suspicious vehicles or people in vicinity of any churches in your area you should report it immediately.  To report a crime:

Call 101 to report a non-urgent crime or to contact your local officer

Call 999 if a crime is in progress or life is in danger

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact them through their website.

Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) Business Fraud

What is PBX Fraud?

Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) are systems which enable organisations to allow improved communication both internally and externally. PBX/dial-through fraud occurs when hackers target these systems from the outside and use them to make a high volume of calls to premium rate or overseas numbers to generate a financial return.

 How does it work?

This type of crime can take one of two forms:

  • Criminals use auto-diallers to identify systems which are easy to hack into, especially voicemail.
  • The system is subject to a sustained cyber attack to establish the pass code that will give them access to the PBX system itself. This can be relatively straightforward as often victims leave the password/code on default settings.

Once access is gained, the criminals can exploit in-built services such as message forwarding and call diversion and can make calls on the organisations account.

The criminal can make their money in two ways:

  • Dialling premium rate numbers to which they are affiliated
  • Dialling international numbers through the compromised telephone system, especially to Eastern Europe, Cuba and Africa.

Who is affected?

The victims are often small to medium-sized businesses, but the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has also noticed that a number of schools, charities and medical/dental practices are being targeted, with losses sometimes up to tens of thousands of pounds. It is anticipated that these types of organistions will be subjected to increased victimisation as criminals identify common flaws in security procedures.

This type of fraud is most likely to occur when organisations are most vulnerable i.e. during times when businesses are closed but their telephone systems are NOT, for example in the early hours of the morning or over a weekend or public holiday.


The good news is that some simple steps will significantly reduce your risk of victimisation:

  • Use strong pin/passwords for your voicemail system, ensuring they are changed regularly.
  • If you still have your voicemail on a default pin/password change it immediately.
  • Disable access to your voice mail system from outside lines. If this is business critical ensure the access is restricted to essential users and they regularly update their pin/passwords
  • If you do not need to call international numbers/premium rate numbers, ask your telecoms provider to place a restriction on your telephone line.
  • Consider asking your network provider to not permit outbound calls at certain times e.g. when your business is closed
  • Ensure you regularly review available call logging and call reporting options.
  • Regularly monitor for increased or suspect call traffic.
  • Secure your exchange and communications system, use a strong PBX firewall and if you don’t need the function, close it down!
  • Speak to your maintenance provider to understand the threats and ask them to correct any identified security defects

ActionFraudThe best way to fight fraud and fraudsters is to get people talking about it and reporting it to Action Fraud.

If you have been a victim of fraud, there are two ways to report it to Action Fraud.

Anyone witnessing a crime in action should call the police on 999.

If debit or credit cards, online banking or cheques are involved, your first step should be to contact your bank or credit card company.

Appeal following businesses burgled in Rougham

Police are appealing for information after three business premises in Rougham were targeted by burglars. The incidents took place overnight between Tuesday 8 July and yesterday, Wednesday 9 July, at the Industrial Estate.

The first burglary involved a rear door being smashed through and items including a CCTV hard drive were stolen along with a yellow and red Vauxhall Movano van, registration number AY02 KLM, which was driven out through a roller shutter door opened from the inside.

The stolen Vauxhall Movano was then used in carrying out the second break-in, where the van was driven into a secure yard after the padlock was cut off a set of gates.

A door into the building was then forced and numerous tools and electrical equipment were stolen, along with a black Porsche Carrera which was inside – registration number 864 DOF.

The final incident saw the offenders cutting a fence to enter another yard and then try to force their way in through a window, but were prevented from gaining access due to metal bars being in place on the inside.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area; who believes they may have seen the stolen vehicles; or who has any information relating to these incidents; is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting reference BR/14/477, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Business owners are advised to regularly review the security of their premises, ensuring that: Perimeter and building security is robust and of a good standard – this includes fences, gates, doors, windows and locks; and intruder alarms and CCTV systems are in good working order – it is advised that CCTV hard drives are concealed and kept within a secure unit inside the building.

Anyone wishing for further security or crime prevention advice is advised to visit the ‘Business Safety’ section of our website or contact their local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.

Warm Weather and Staying Safe Information

Dont get burnt postcard

Whilst many of us enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely. We also need to remember that certain groups of people, including the elderly and vulnerable, are more at risk of the effects of heat, and for some it can become dangerous to their health

Please share the information below with friends and family and also check on any elderly and vulnerable neighbours too.

General Advice:
  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you go out in the heat walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and a light scarf
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Have plenty of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Eat cold foods particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • Take a cool shower bathy or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Keeping your living space cool is especially important, particularly for the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • If possible move into cooler room, especially for sleeping

Look Out for Others:

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly or ill people to make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Ensure elderly people are not left alone in stationery cars
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every days during a heat wave
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social  services if someone is unwell or further help is needed

Longer Term:

  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35oc
  • Consider putting up external shading outside windows
  • Have your loft and cavity walls insulated
  • Grow trees and leafy plans near windows to act as natural air conditioners

Additional Useful Information:

Each year the Met Office operates a heat health watch system in England between 1 June to 15 September each year in association with the Public Health England.

 Going Away – Leaving your Home Unoccupied?

Your home is more vulnerable when you are not there, so it is important to take extra precautions whenever you go away. The key is to make it look like you are at home, even when you are not. If you can, get a friend or neighbour to look after your home. While you are away, ask them to collect your post, draw your curtains at night and open them in the mornings, and generally make the place look lived-in.

Suggestions if you are going away:

  • Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
  • Don’t put your home address on luggage labels when travelling to your destination – thieves are on the lookout at airports and stations for indications that particular properties will be unoccupied for a while
  • If you leave your keys with a neighbour, don’t label them with your address
  • Remember to lock all doors and windows
  • Don’t leave curtains closed during the day and keep all valuable items out of sight
  • Allow a friend, family member or neighbour to park on your drive whilst you are away
  • Set timer switches to turn on lights, radios, and other appliances when you are out. These can be bought cheaply at DIY stores
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set and that you have told the police who has the key

 Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe


World Cup 2014 – Leave the kicking off to the football!

WomensAid Football United

Football United Against Domestic Violence is a new campaign by Women’s Aid, working with national footballing bodies, sports media, football clubs, the police, players and fans to send a clear message that domestic violence is always unacceptable. Together we aim to call out sexist behaviour that can underpin violence towards women and girls.

Kicking off a safe world cup

Suffolk Police are appealing to everyone to enjoy the matches, behave appropriately and leave the kicking off to the football! The Police are eager for everyone to be safe and enjoy the World Cup but are aware that an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can lead to an increase in public order offences and domestic violence.  A series of posters are available to download for any premises that wish to display them. These posters cover domestic violence, public order offences and hate crime.

If you live in Suffolk and you want to talk to someone about domestic abuse, listed here are details of all the agencies that provide support, together with the national helplines telephone numbers.

Hate Crime Logo

The Suffolk Hate Crime Service supports victims and families of hate crimes and hate incidents.  If you need to report a hate crime or hate incident, there are various ways to do so.

  Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe




Staying Safe at Outside Events – July

There are a number of great music and art events taking place in Suffolk this July including:



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

To reduce the chance of being targeted by thieves please consider the following:

- Take valuables with you at all times.

- Do not bring large sums of cash, or lots of credit/debit cards. Only bring what you need and keep them on you at all times.

- If you arrive by car don’t leave anything in your vehicle, including satellite navigation systems/CDs, cash etc. Take everything with you or leave it at home.

- Be mindful of the activities of people around you when watching performances. Bags with shoulder straps should be worn across your chest, with the fastening towards your body.

- Keep mobile phones secure. It’s easy for a pickpocket to remove items such as these from a pocket or bag in a crowd without you noticing.

Also consider your own personal safety, remember:

- Stick with your friends. If you’re with people you know and trust the chances are you’ll look out for each other.

- Moderate your alcohol consumption. Overdo it and you’ll be less aware and less likely to spot dangers.

- Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Camping 1


If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.


Here is some previously published personal safety and vehicle security information.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Have a great time and stay safe