Staying Safe this Christmas Time

Stay Safe

Suffolk County Council Community Safety Team, working with partners from across the County including, Suffolk Constabulary Community Safety, Suffolk Trading Standards, Suffolk Fire and Rescue, Public Heath and the Voluntary Sector, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Staying Safe this Christmas time.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media through Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #AdventCalendar.

If you are not following us on Social Media yet, then you can do this on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk and our Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page.

We cannot deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our partners, so we would like to a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe message for today.  Then keep following on Twitter and Facebook to open each new Advent Calendar message.

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Meet Suffolk County Council’s Community Safety Team

Let me introduce you to Suffolk County Council’s Community Safety Team.  Apart from their individual roles, all the team work closely together, and with partners, to ensure that you feel safe and secure in your own home and in your community.

Partners include, all Suffolk County Council Directorates, District and Borough Councils, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Norfolk and Suffolk Criminal Justice Board, together with very many organisations and charities within the Private and Voluntary Sector. Working collaboratively together in this way, and by having a strong commitment, contributes significantly to making Suffolk one of the safest places to live, work and visit.

Meet the Team

Mark
Mark Skillin, Community Safety Manager – Supports the Community Safety Team, County Councillors and Partners in achieving the best services possible for the people of Suffolk.
Contact: mark.skillin@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Chris
Chris Woods, Lead for Restorative Approaches, CSPs and the National Call Blocking project.  RA teaches: To earn Respect you need to give Respect!
Contact: chris.woods@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Debbie
Debbie Charles, Lead for Suffolk Hate Crime Service. The service provides support for victims of Hate Crime and delivers Hate and Mate Crime training and awareness raising.
Contact: deborah.charles@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Taz


Taz Hussain, Hate Crime Officer.  Supporting victims of Hate & Mate Crime reported to Suffolk Hate Crime Service and liaise with 3rd Party Reporting Centres.
Contact: taz.hussain@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Dave


Dave Gilson
, Police employee working within the Suffolk Hate Crime Service supporting victims of Hate & Mate Crime.
Contact: Dave.Gilson@suffolk.gov.uk

 

 

Shirley
Shirley Osborne, Lead for the Domestic Abuse Partnership and DA Strategy and Training. Working with partners to prevent domestic homicide and improve services for victims and families
Contact: shirley.osbourne@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Charlotte


Charlotte Sanderson
, Lead for Anti-Social Behaviour. Bringing together ASB leads across the county to share best practice and problem solve.
Contact: charlotte.sanderson@suffolk.gov.uk

 

SueSue Burstall, Lead for Homeshield and Community Safety Social Media. Homeshield enables front line officers, who work with vulnerable people, to make referrals about other issues.  Social Media is a great medium to raise awareness, address concerns and keep communities informed.
Contact: sue.burstall@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Marika


Marika Bourget
, Lead for analysis and evidence based information and research. This information also aids Councillors and managers to make good decisions.
Contact: marika.bourget@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Community Safety is all about keeping the people of Suffolk Safe…it’s what we do!
We lead the way in Suffolk for many cutting edge services, delivering training and intervention awareness, we well as supporting victims, colleagues and councillors.

We all have an important part to play in keeping Suffolk Safer

 

Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders!

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It’s National Consumer Week 2014 – Top information from Suffolk Trading Standards about rogue traders, cold calling and doorstep crime

Originally posted on Suffolktradingstandards's Blog:

The theme of National Consumer Week 2014 is Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders. The campaign is launching on 3 November.

The Good Neighbours Stop Rogue Traders campaign focuses on preventing doorstep crime by encouraging neighbours, family, friends and carers to look out for those most at risk in their communities. Despite vast under-reporting of doorstep crime, latest research shows there could be as many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime each year. Doorstep criminals exploit vulnerable citizens by convincing them to pay for shoddy or incomplete repair work, charging extortionate fees for their services, or threatening residents who do not comply.

Signs an unwanted doorstep caller is visiting a neighbour:

  • Traders have been cold calling in the area
  • A builder’s van is parked nearby, particularly one that doesn’t include a company name or contact details
  • Building or maintenance work on your neighbour’s garden or house starts unexpectedly
  • Poor quality work is visible…

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Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Revitalised

Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association (SNWA) is seeking to revitalise NW schemes in Suffolk.SNW

A new SNWA committee has been established and wishes to provide the 1,300 schemes that exist in Suffolk with a service and advice that ensure the NW concept is expanded and makes for a safer society.

 

On Saturday 1st November SNWA is holding an event at Police Headquarters Martlesham under the banner ‘Improving Neighbourhood Watch in Suffolk’. This event is open to all existing members, coordinators and those wishing to start their own scheme.

SNWA Chairman Gary Gascoyne says “These are exciting times for NW schemes and those seeking to start their own. Suffolk like all police forces is undergoing deep cuts in budgets but is committed to maintaining and promoting our NW schemes as we all realise we have a part to play in keeping our county safe and low in crime. Come along and hear how we are launching a revitalised association and learn how progressive schemes operate sucessfully.”

A new website has been launched and gives details of the November event and registration.

For Further information contact:

Gary Gascoyne, Chairman, Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association
07595 343231

Tony Allen, Publicity Officer, Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association
07838 872450

Good Neighbours Cut Crime

Burglary Prevention and Home Security

You think it won’t happen to you, but talk to someone who has been burgled and they’ll tell you how violated, angry and scared they felt…and still do. Burglary leaves a lasting impression.

Remember to lock windows and doors when you leave the house, including your garage.  Don’t leave tools and bikes out; thieves are looking for an opportunity.  Do not think burglaries only happen at night.  Daylight burglaries are occurring too.

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Often crime is committed by opportunist criminals with little or no forethought or planning and in many cases the burglary could have been prevented. It does not take much to deter these types of criminals. The most rudimentary security precautions could make the difference between becoming a victim or not.

Never leave an open invitation

Close it!  Lock it!  Check it! 

This Home Security Booklet will hopefully provide you with some basic guidance and information so that you secure your home and property.

For more Crime Reduction Information about appropriate measures you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team or call them at Suffolk Police on 101.

Lockit_Checkit

Suffolk Police’s ‘Close it-Check it-Lock it’ campaign also highlights a few simple precautions you can take to reduce the chance of you becoming a victim of burglary.  There have also been a number of shed and garage burglaries, so here is a link to previous advice about securing these and the property within.

Also check out these ‘YouTube’ films 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
Burglary – Don’t make it childs play

Never leave an open invitation

Close it!  Lock it!  Check it! 

Ipswich Vulnerability Impact Night

A Vulnerability Impact Night is being held on Saturday 27 September 2014 in Ipswich town centre.

The aim of the vulnerability impact night is to bring together a number of different agencies to identify and assist those who are vulnerable during the night time economy period on a Saturday night. The aims of the operation are to reduce the risk of harm to vulnerable people through victimisation, to reduce the risk to vulnerable people caused by alcohol and drugs and improve the public/licensees awareness in spotting someone who is vulnerable due to a number of different factors. We also aim to improve the public confidence and perception of the Police and partners in caring for vulnerable people.

Police Officers and partner agencies will be looking for people who are potentially vulnerable due to their drunkenness, being separated from friends, emotional state, mental ill health or victims of crime and trying to assist them in making sure they are safe for the evening. This will be achieved in a number of different ways such as, having them looked after to sober up, making sure they can get home, getting them medical treatment or any other way depending on the situation.

We wish to raise people’s awareness of the vulnerability factors and potential hazards involved in binge drinking.

Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe

 

Catalytic (CAT) Converter Thefts

Since the beginning of June 2014 there have been 185 catalytic converter thefts from vehicles across Suffolk and Norfolk. Vans and cars with higher ground clearance are being targeted. In the last 4-week period there have been 43 offences across the two counties: 13 in Norfolk and 30 in Suffolk.

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Offences are most commonly being committed during the hours of darkness, with weekday overnight periods still being favoured. Reported sights, sounds, disturbances  by witnesses suggest the key time-frame may be between midnight and 4.00 am. Offences continue to occur along or near to the more major transport routes (A12/A14).

How are the catalytic converters removed ?

  1. A pipe cutter, or similar, tool is used to cut the CAT from the pipe. Mitsubishi L200s, Shoguns & Warriors; Ford Rangers and Toyota Hilux & Hiaces  remain the most common targets  with Peugeot 406s becoming more prevalent. Offences are most commonly occurring in residential locations.
  2. The quarterlight window is removed and/or smashed to gain access to the bonnet release. The exhaust system is then accessed, unbolted and then is either taken, in its entirety, or discarded after the CAT has been cut free. This is almost exclusively targeted Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most were parked at business premises or compounds, in Suffolk.
  3. The exhaust is unbolted. Bolts or screws have been left on the ground on a number of occasions. Sometimes the whole exhaust has been removed, then the Cat Converter cut out and sometimes fairings or other items have been reportedly unbolted to allow better access and only the CAT has been taken.

How do I protect my vehicle?

  • Park your vehicle in a locked and secure garage/compound at all times
  • The use of alarms, lighting and CCTV should be considered to deter thieves
  • If this isn’t possible park in a well-lit, public area
  • Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if you own one
  • Look out for people ‘working’ under vehicles as they may not be the owners or lease holders, even if they have fluorescent jackets on
  • Mark your catalytic converter by etching your vehicle registration onto the metal shell, or by using a Secured By Design (SBD) approved forensic marking solution which is a heat-resistant paint. This makes it easier for police to trace the converter back to your vehicle should it ever be stolen, and links offenders to a crime
  • Consider fitting additional security on your vehicle(s) by installing an SBD approved converter security product, such as a clamp
  • Please visit the SBD website www.securedbydesign.com for more information on police approved security products

Catalytic Converter marking sessions

Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) are running catalytic converter marking sessions across the county in partnership with local garages. If you would like more information about your local SNT and events in your area this is available on-line or you can call the Suffolk Police non emergency number 101.

If you see or hear anything suspicious please contact Suffolk Police on 101.

In an emergency always dial 999.