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:

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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
Crimestoppers
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

Staying Safe

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. However, if you are planning a day out, going on holiday or just going out for the evening; take some time to think about your personal safety and the security of your home, your possessions and any vehicles.

Here are some tips for a great night out

Safer Drinking: 

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, when you are drunk you are not so aware of what’s going on around you
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Limit: stick to it. “Think Again before you drink another drop
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  • 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

Stay Together: 

  • Go out and have fun but look after yourself and your friends and ensure that everyone gets home safely.
  • Arrange a meeting point and rendezvous time in case you get separated from friends.
  • 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, and
  • Keep your mobile safe and don’t carry your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket or leave it on a table.  Register your mobile at www.immobilise.com and increase your chances of getting it back if it’s lost or stolen.
  • Always pre-book your taxi and make sure you get the right one!
  • Do not accept lifts from strangers or go home with someone you have just met.

Before you you leave home:

Also check out these ‘YouTube’ clips about how to secure your house, deter potential burglars and other security measures:

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Top ten tips to keep your house secure and deter potential burglars
Further Home security tips
Don’t leave valuables in an unlocked shed, nor ladders or tools that could help a burglar
Lock windows and doors Security

 

 Working to keep the people of Suffolk safe

Leave the Kicking Off to the Football

WomensAid Football United

Football United Against Domestic Violence is a 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.

Women’s Aid are asking the footballing community to join with them to make a positive difference now to raise awareness and reduce the amount of domestic violence in the future.  So whether you are a ‘Fan’ or a ‘Club’ here is how you can pledge your support.

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.

Kicking off a safe world cup

Suffolk Police have Officers who are highly trained to deal with domestic abuse situations who will listen and treat victims with sensitivity and respect. More information on the Police work on domestic abuse is available on the Police website, including the new Claire’s Law which was introduced in March 2014.  Claire’s Law, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, allows people with concerns about their partner’s history to request background information.

Suffolk Police are also appealing to everyone to enjoy the new season by behaving appropriately. However an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can often lead to an increase in public order offences and to domestic violence.

 

Grouped Police Football Messages

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.

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  Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe

 

Protect against Marine Crime

When the weather is fine many people enjoy spending time on our beautiful rivers, lakes or by the coast.  Below are a few measures you can take to help ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one.

Marine Crime

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has a priority for August which also focuses on marine crime:

Tim Passmore says: “I want boat owners to enjoy Suffolk’s beautiful waterways but I also want them to be safe and secure. Suffolk has more boats on its coast and waterways than anywhere else in the country other than the Solent and that is why I have made marine crime my Passmore Priority for August.”

Here are a few ways in which you can make your boat and equipment more secure:

  • Suffolk Police has a number of Marine Watch schemes across the county, which operate in a similar manner to Neighbourhood Watch
  • To help stamp out boat crime Suffolk Police is also joining forces with local boatyards, chandlers, clubs and groups to launch BoatShield at Beccles Carnival on 17 August. If you are a boat owner, look out for the BoatShield information point within boatyards, chandlers as well as at boating clubs and groups across the Waveney Area.
  • If you are unlucky enough to have a boat or equipment stolen, you can register  the theft with StolenBoats.org.uk. Contact your local Police or Insurers and ask that they add the item on your behalf. StolenBoats is an online database, all the information is provided by the marine Insurance industry and the Police and is cross-checked with the Police National Computer.

Below are a few tips to help keep you, your boat and your property safe while your’e out on the water.

  • Keep your boat keys separate from your engine keys
  • Don’t leave your keys in the ignition – always take them with you
  • Always keep your boat locked when no-one is on board
  • Never leave anything valuable in display
  • Don’t leave anything loose in the cockpit or on deck
  • Use strong padlocks or rim locks on all your hatches, entry points and cockpit lockers
  • Keep a list of all the serial numbers on valuables and property mark them with your home postcode and register them on Immobilise.
  • Remember to review and improve the security on your boat regularly. Locks will need replacing as well as property marking your valuables
  • Remove outboards during winter months

The RNLI also has lots of helpful and useful safety and sailing advice and information.

And remember, always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid at all times
whilst on the boat or near the water’s edge

 

National Allotments Week 4-10 August

The National Allotment Society and the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd are campaigning during this Allotment Week to highlight the need to strengthen the protection for remaining allotment sites and the National Allotment Society is encouraging allotments holders to take collective action to protect allotment sites for future generations.

Allotment Week

Allotment sites across the UK will be opening their gates and celebrating the enduring nature of the allotment movement and the benefits allotments bring to people and the environment.  Check out www.nsalg.org.uk for more details about collective action to protect plots and click here for details of local events.

From a Community Safety perspective allotment holders could also consider the security of their sheds and outbuildings during this Allotment Week.  If stolen, equipment and materials being stored there, could be used in domestic and business burglaries.

Additional Security Information

Suffolk Police have an ongoing home security campaign ‘Close it – Lock it – Check it’ and by following their simple precautions, you could reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.

The Metropolitan Police and other Police Forces, have put together a number of helpful film clips on YouTube.  One in particular by the Met Police is specifically about shed security.

You may also want to check out a previous article published during Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week which contains further clips from YouTube which demonstrate a range of preventative measures and actions you could take to help to protect your home and outbuildings.

For allotment holders in Suffolk, did you know that you can join ‘Allotment Watch’? Details on the Suffolk Police website.