Drug dealers don’t care – do you?

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The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has recently launched a campaign to encourage Ipswich residents to speak up about drug dealing gangs.

The campaign was kick started by a series of advertising on billboards, bus shelters and VIPA Imagephone boxes across Ipswich town centre and was followed by a series of advertising banners on the platforms at Ipswich train station. It continues for the next few months with postcards being put through the letterboxes of Ipswich homes, corex boards and posters being displayed in community areas, Facebook adverts and radio adverts on Town 102.

Campaign Example: Is there a VIPA‘s nest in your community?


The Charity will also be going into local schools and youth clubs this week to tell those aged between 11- 17 about the Crimestoppers youth brand Fearless (www.fearless.org). They will be joining forces with the St Giles Trust who will be sending some ex-gang members to recount their experiences and highlight the choices open to them, including giving information anonymously to Fearless.

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “People often ask me why someone would not contact the police if they knew about drug dealing in their community or about someone who carried a knife, or someone who was being sexually exploited by a gang. The fear of a criminal finding out that you have gone to the police about them can paralyse a community. Crimestoppers removes that concern and gives people peace of mind”.

She added: “People should feel safe and secure in their own community. No one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers, as you will remain anonymous. We never ask for your name and no personal details are taken; calls are not recorded, calls/online forms cannot be traced and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity”.

Ipswich Policing Commander Superintendent Louisa Pepper commented: “Although we do not have a significant drug problem in Ipswich, we want to show those who are involved in this activity that it will not be tolerated in Suffolk.  We regularly act on intelligence provided by the local community and are present on the streets to catch offenders red-handed with drugs in their possession.  We recognise the effect this issue can have on a community and the associated crime it can bring along with it. I encourage you to not suffer in silence and give us the vital information to hold drug dealers accountable for their actions.”

The campaign has been funded by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, which has dedicated resources to combat gang activity. Detective Inspector Graham Smith from ERSOU said: “The message we want to get across is to urge members of the community to speak out about gang crime. Gangs cause misery to communities and often those involved, who can end up with criminal records and reduced prospects in life. We want people to be aware of the dangers and help prevent their loved ones being drawn into gang crime.”

Crimestoppers plays a significant part in the fight against crime. 1,000 people contact the charity every day to give information about crime, which leads to an average of 17 arrests every day.

Members of the public are eligible to claim a reward of up to £1,000 if their information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 leads to a successful arrest and charge. They can also complete a ‘giving information’ form on the Crimestoppers website www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Working with Partners to Keep Suffolk Safe

Plan and Stay Safe

Suffolk is one of the safest places to live and work and the chances that you, your friends, 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.

Personal Safety: 

  • 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.
  • Have fun, but look after yourself and your friends and ensure that everyone gets home safely.

Before you you leave home:

Also you could 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

Staying Safe at Outside Events – April 2015

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in Suffolk in 2015.
For April this includes:

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In partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. The issues raised are relevant for all outside events:

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time 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, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, 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 your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, 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 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

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

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


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

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 at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Have a great time and stay safe

Crimestoppers – Fearless Training

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Crimestoppers is offering FREE training on its youth brand, Fearless.org. The service allows young people aged 11–17 to give information about crime 100% anonymously if they feel unable to tell police, parents of teachers.

Here is Fearless Training leaflet which contains more information.

Each session covers:

  1. Crimestoppers and our unique selling points
  2. Fearless and its key messages
  3. Free resources available to you and how you can use Fearless to your benefit
  4. Working with young people and talking about crime
  5. The concept of snitching
  6. Practical examples of how others have made Fearless sustainable

It is particularly useful for PCSOs, PCs who work in schools, youth workers, youth offending officers and teachers. All attendees get to take away with them Fearless materials, including curriculum based teaching resources subject to availability. This training is part of a wider campaign to tackle gang related violence in Ipswich.

The session is to take place on Thursday 12th March from 1pm – 4pm in the Ipswich area, (venue yet to be confirmed).

If you wish to attend please respond to Ann Scott at ann.scott@crimestoppers-uk.org or 01255 475954. First come first served as limited spaces.

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Staying Safe this Christmas Time

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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

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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 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 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  Twitter: 



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



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
New Website:  http://www.newdawnsuffolk.co.uk/



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 keep communities informed.
Contact: sue.burstall@suffolk.gov.uk
Twitter:    and Facebook



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!


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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