Urban Exploration

What is it?

Urban exploration is the exploration of man-made structures and usually abandoned ruins. Photography and videos feature heavily in this activity and may sometimes involve trespassing onto private property.

the-wine-rack-ipswichIt has been brought to our attention that a video has been published which shows that this highly dangerous activity is taking place at ‘The Wine Rack’ at the Waterfront in Ipswich.

Chief Inspector Jo Garrard, Head of Suffolk Police Community Safety, said: “Climbing on buildings or engaging in the practice of ‘urban exploration’ are both very dangerous activities and we would strongly warn people against participating in them.

“Not only is there a serious risk of injury or death to those involved, but they could also find themselves prosecuted for causing criminal damage to buildings or property. Exploring commercial properties, even disused ones, can also lead to a prosecution by the property owner.

We would ask parents to warn their children of the implications of such behaviour and appeal to members of the public to contact police on 999 if they witness any incidents of this in progress.”



Be Prepared this Winter

Health and Wellbeing SuffolkStay Well this Winter




We all know that winter is a difficult time for the health system across England, and Suffolk is no exception.  With increasing numbers of people who are living better for longer, there are more people with several long term conditions.

Suffolk Health and Wellbeing and the NHS has advice and information about services available in your area, together with various things you can do, or help someone you care for to do, to ensure that you don’t get caught out this winter:

  • Be weather aware – Cold temperatures have an impact on our health, but there are other risks in winter including physical injuries from slips, trips and falls. You can check the latest weather forecast here.
  • Keep your home warm – By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° – 21°C or 64°- 70°F) you can keep you well, especially avoiding chest infections. If you have a disability, are over 65 or live with children aged under 5 there is free advice on heating your home. The Warm Homes Healthy People service has information on helping older and vulnerable people keep warm in winter and can help accessing winter fuel payments. Call 03456 037 686, their local rate number, for free advice on heating your home.
  • Be prepared – stock up with cold remedies, pain killers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, stave off upset stomachs with anti-diarrhoea and rehydration mixtures, and keep plasters and bandages on hand for any cuts or scrapes.
  • Get a flu vaccination – it will keep you from having a long recovery from this nasty illness, so book an appointment to get one if you haven’t already. People aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition or are pregnant are entitled to a free jab.
  • Seek help from your pharmacist – they are qualified health professionals who can advise on everything from a cold to long-term conditions.  This is often the best and quickest way to get well. Your pharmacist will let you know if a GP appointment is required. Pharmacies are one of the most accessible sources of advice, with many open long hours incl. evenings and weekends.
  • Eat well and drink at least eight cups of fluids a day – it keeps your brain and body working well.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – for the time it takes you to sing happy birthday through twice, use hot water and soap to wash away all kinds of viruses from colds and diarrhoea to so much more.
  • Not feeling well – If you are unsure if you need urgent or emergency care, please call NHS 111 – trained professionals are on hand to guide you.
  • Beat the winter blues – talk to someone. Talk about your anxieties with someone else, a friend, relative or a group such as the Samaritans. Talking about the things that are worrying you can make a big difference. It is easy to get help from the Suffolk Wellbeing Service too. This is a free NHS service, suitable for people aged 16 + living in Suffolk. You can phone them on 0300 123 1781 or refer yourself via their website.

Do you have any Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours?

Are you able to spend a few minutes to ensure that: On their own

  • they are not alone all the time
  • they are warm enough
  • they have plenty of food
  • they have sufficient medication
  • their paths are clear of snow and ice
  • and if they can use the internet, that they know where to look for information and support

Modern Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others

“On this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, let us resolve to use the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a roadmap for stamping out root causes and freeing all enslaved people in our world.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The focus of the day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict

What does ‘modern slavery’ actually mean?  The UN explains that:

Forced Labour – alongside traditional forms of forced labour, such as bonded labour and debt bondage there now exist more contemporary forms of forced labour, such as migrant workers, who have been trafficked for economic exploitation of every kind in the world economy: work in domestic servitude, the construction industry, the food and garment industry, the agricultural sector and in forced prostitution.

Trafficking in Persons  – means the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion for the purpose of exploitation.

Exploitation – includes prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. The consent of the person trafficked for exploitation is irrelevant and If the trafficked person is a child, it is a crime even without the use of force.

From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities in the UK (County/District/Borough Councils, Police Forces etc) have had a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. This duty is intended to gather statistics and help build a more comprehensive picture of the nature and scale of modern slavery in the UK.

small-modern-slavery-posterIt is estimated that there were 10,000-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013, but only 1,746 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the same period. In 2015, this figure rose to 3,266 potential victims.

The Home Office Strategic Communications have produced a partner fact sheet and a poster to help raise awareness of a duty to notify/reporting requirements for Modern slavery and human trafficking amongst relevant organisations.

The HO materials can be downloaded here.


Smart Phone and Tablet Security


Thousands of mobile phones are being stolen every month in the United Kingdom. Young people are especially vulnerable, but by taking a few simple steps, you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim:

  • Avoid displaying your phone in public
  • Keep it with you at all times and do not leave it unattended
  • When using your phone, remain aware of your surroundings
  • Register your phone for free at immobilise.com

Avoid a “pick-a-pocket or two” by taking a few simple precautions:

  • Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times if possible with the opening towards your bodydont-hand-it-to-pickpockets
  • Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till
  • Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats
  • Avoid carrying your wallet or purse in a back trouser pocket
  • When you put money in your handbag, don’t let people see where you put it – especially when you are using an ATM
  • Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended
  • When packing groceries in your car, never leave your handbag on the boot or roof of
    your car


You can find more information about mobile phone and tablet security, together with lots more personal safety information, on the Suffolk Police website.


Extra security is available for smart phones and tablets by installing a tracking application. These ‘apps’ are available from your device’s application store and can help you locate lost phones/tablets or help police recover stolen devices using its GPS signal.

Make sure your device is locked when not in use as tracking apps can be deactivated by thieves if the device is not locked.

Popular free phone and tablet tracking apps include:

Many other security applications are available from your device’s application store.

Marine Safety and Security

When the weather is fine many people enjoy spending time on our beautiful rivers, lakes or on the coast.  However if you own a vessel, have you taken measures to secure it when it’s not in use?

Marine Crime

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

Boat Shield

  • To help stamp out boat crime Suffolk and Norfolk Police have also joined forces with local boatyards, chandlers, clubs and groups and launched BoatShield. If you are a boat owner, look out for 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.
  • Fire Safety on BoatsWhilst fire is unlikely on a boat that is well maintained to minimum safety standards, it is a grave concern to boaters who can be caught unawares or in a situation where escape is difficult.

Below are a few tips to help keep you, your boat and your property safe:

  • 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 on 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.
  • Register all electrical appliances and regularly check witboat-fire1h Suffolk Trading Standards for all product recalls. A recent boat fire shows what can happen if you don’t know that a product you have on board has been recalled.
  • 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 and the Boat Safety Scheme also have 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

Staying Safe on a Night Out

On a night out with friends or family, arrange a meeting point and a time and stick to it Whos Taking You Homeand also plan how you will be getting home at the end of the night.   You can’t always rely on your mobile phone, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is topped up before you leave home.

Dont drink too much as you’re likely to feel disorientated. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink.

Here is some advice to help keep you safe:

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Think When You Drink: alcohol affects everyone in very different ways.
    “Think Again before you drink another drop”
  • Think Fights: alcohol can make people more aggressive
  • Know Your Alcohol Limit: and stick to it. Importantly, don’t drink and drive, even the morning after as you may still be over the limit.
  • Spiking:  never leave your drinks unattended, even soft drinks get spiked
  • Time to Stop: If you have sex without the other person’s 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

Don’t ruin your enjoyment of your night out by overdoing it.

Town Pastors are there to help you Stay Safe

town-pastors-logo2Town Pastors are Christian volunteers from local churches who are out in town centres on  Friday and/or Saturday nights, being a positive influence on the streets and providing help and support to vulnerable people. In addition to our street patrols we are supported while out on the streets by a Prayer Team, some who pray at our bases in town while others pray from home. We currently operate in 9 towns in Suffolk: Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Haverhill, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury, & Woodbridge & also in Dereham, Norfolk.

Town Pastors working in pairs, wearing bright distinctive jackets and headgear, are out onTown Pastors Friday & Saturday nights from 10pm until the early hours. They provide a positive influence in the town – backed by prayer.

All Town Pastors undergo a full training programme before becoming part of the team, covering such issues as core values; roles and responsibilities; the power of prayer; personal safety and conflict management; and drug and alcohol awareness.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety but …..

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe



Suffolk Fire and Rescue Community Impact Days

Suffolk Fire and Rescue’s Protection department work closely with all district and suffolk-fire-logoborough councils within Suffolk to identify premises of mixed commercial and residential use.  This work is to ensure that the people who have a responsibility for managing and maintaining the fire safety arrangements in these premises, are compliant with their legal responsibilities.

The objectives of partnership working on an impact day are to:

  • To audit identified commercial premises which have sleeping/living/residential above and ensure that the responsible person of the commercial premises is complying with the regulations (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005)
  • Take reasonable and proportionate enforcement action to ensure that the fire safety measures in the commercial premises are sufficient to protect all relevant persons within the building
  • Engage with property owners to ensure that the buildings they are responsible for are both safe and compliant for their tenants
  • Work closely and proactively with District and Borough Council Housing Teams to ensure there is a consistent approach to enforcing legislation.

Remaining 2016 Impact Days 

Felixstowe – 8 November

The outcomes from Impact Days are:

  • To ensure that residents have confidence to know that they are living in well maintained properties which meet all fire safety regulations.
  • To assess that Landlords have complied with all fire safety regulations and that they have carried out a fire safety risk assessment for their property. Landlords must consider all relevant people on their property which may include people living or sleeping above their business.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue has a wealth of information on their website and can also provide one to one support to Landlords who require help with fire risk assessments.

For Landlords and Business Owners, you can also download a free maintenance log book to register your safety record, demonstrating your compliance with fire safety legislation.

If you require any further information or support from Suffolk Fire and Rescue, please contact Fire Business Support.