Staying Safe at Outside Events

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice about purchasing tickets from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place in and around Suffolk in 2016, you may also be travelling out of County to events too.  We would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety at these events, so in partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events.

Some of events you may be planning on attending during July might include:

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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.

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

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.

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.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful 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.

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Rural Crime Survey 2015

RFU Crime Map 2015

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

Police Connect

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 Connect. To speak to someone at Suffolk Police, call 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.

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You can download the Suffolk Police Rural Crime Booklet which contains lots of useful information on Police rural crime initiatives. Suffolk Police also has a rural crime section and you can follow them on Twitter @RuralCrimeSfk

Fertiliser/Fuel Storage

Where possible store all fertiliser inside a dedicated locked building or compound.

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  • 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

HorsewatchIn 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 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
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

Shed and Garage Security

Losing property from your shed or garage can be costly and inconvenient, but tools from the shed can also be used to break into your house, therefore good security is essential.

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Please take a few moments to consider the security of your shed using the following points, or download this Shed and Garage Security leaflet :

  • Make sure that the shed/garage is in good condition.  If the building is in poor condition, even the best locks won’t protect what is inside.
  • Make sure that the screws are concealed on fittings and hinges.
  • Fit mesh or bars inside the windows or board them up if you don’t use them.
  • Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5inches wide, hardened steel and closed shackle.
  • Lock the doors – even when you are at home.
  • Lock large items together with a good quality lock ( or attach to them a shed shackle or ground anchor (
  • Get a battery powered alarm or upgrade the house alarm to include outbuildings.
  • If you have a garage with a side access as well as an up and over door, consider fitting padlocks to the runners of the up and over door to prevent it from being opened.
  • Consider extra security for the garage (

Further Security Tips:

When thinking about security, the Met Police and other Police Forces have put together a number of helpful YouTube videos.  One in particular by the Met Police is specifically about shed security.

Lockit_CheckitSuffolk Police have an ongoing home security campaign ‘Close it – Lock it – Check it’.  By following their simple precautions, you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary. If you would like to speak to someone about home security contact your Local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.

There are a number of ways to report incidents:

  • by using the Suffolk Police ‘report a crime’ webpage
  • by calling the Police 101 non emergency line
  • by reporting issues to Crimestoppers via their website
  • by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on:

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Do not use the Police Non Emergency line in an emergency, or in a situation that requires an immediate police response


Staying Safe by Open Water

Each year colleagues in Suffolk Fire and Rescue team up with Anglian Water to reinforce messages about staying safe around water for Water Safety Week.

Be Water Aware

Cooling off in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes looks fun, but it can have deadly consequences. Every year emergency services are called to incidents where residents (particularly children and young people) get into difficulty when swimming in open water.

We would encourage everyone to share information about the dangers of cooling off in open water and to take heed of all water safety notices which warn of the dangers.



Drowning Prevention Week 2016Also every June the Royal Life Saving Society UK have their Drowning Prevention Week. This campaign highlights that one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and hundreds more suffer life changing injuries through near drowning.

You can find out how you can get involved in their national campaign and help prevent drowning here.

Swimming in reservoirs is dangerous. 

Anglian Water has lots more advice about staying safe when visiting their water parks. These are operational sites and even the strongest swimmers can get into serious difficulties.

Dangers of cooling off in open water

The water may look calm on the surface, but there may still be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under. The water may also feel relatively warm on the

Swimming in Open Watersurface, but just a few feet below can be icy cold even in the hot weather and can very quickly cause severe cramp and hypothermia. There may be notices around warning of these conditions or whether swimming is even allowed.

Young people can often misjudge their swimming ability – they may view a river or lake as a tempting means of cooling off during a hot spell of weather, but fail to appreciate the harmful effects that the cold water can have on their stamina and strength.

Due to these dangers, we are urging people, particularly children and teenagers, not to swim anywhere other than in purpose-built and supervised swimming pools.

What to do if you see someone in difficulties

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  • Get help: ring 999 or get someone else to do it. Alternatively if you are on your own without a mobile phone, call for help if you can see people nearby, or go and get help.
  • Think: of your own safety first. Don’t put yourself in danger by going into the water to rescue someone – you may get in difficulties in the water too.
  • Look: for any safety equipment close at hand such as lifebuoys or throwing lines.
  • Reach: a stick, scarf or clothes tied together can help you reach the person. Crouch or lie down to avoid being pulled into the water yourself.
  • Throw: a rope is best because you can then pull the person in. If you don’t have any rope, throwing something in that will float such as a football or even an empty plastic bottle will help in keeping the person afloat until help arrives.
  • Keep warm: once rescued, keep the casualty warm and ensure they get medical help as soon as possible.

Tombstoning – Why is it dangerous?

Tombstoning offers a high-risk, high-impact experience but it can have severe and life-threatening consequences.  This is because:

  • Water depths alter with the tide – the water may be shallower than it seems
  • Submerged objects like rocks may not be visible – these can cause serious impact injuries
  • The shock of cold water can make it difficult to swim
  • Getting out of the water is often more difficult than people realise
  • Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away

Tombstoning Check out ROSPA’s advice.

Key safety tips for staying safe near water

  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix – stay out of the water if you have been drinking.
  • Always watch your child while at the beach, lake or other natural bodies of water.
  • Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.
  • Do not swim near motor boats, jet skis or other power vehicles.
  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment – you might need it yourself.
  • Learn to spot and keep away from dangerous water.
  • Take safety advice – heed notices which warn you of the danger.
  • Children should always visit open water sites with a grown-up.
  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended.


More advice and information about water safety including garden ponds, ice safety, bath seats and child drowning can be found on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) website.

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Further advice is also available from the Royal Lifesaving Society

Above all, whatever you are doing, have fun
and Stay Safe

Police Connect

Police Connect





Do you like to keep up-to-date with issues, events and meetings in your area? Yes, then this could be for you.

Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone.

There is no charge for this service – all messages you receive are free.

You can register to receive information about the issues that most matter to you and be among the first to be alerted by police in the case of an emergency affecting your area.

There is a simple online process which takes only a couple of minutes and will ensure you get regular updates on crime and public appeals, safety advice and meetings and events. There is the option to receive information about a range of specific interest areas – such as ‘rural’ or ‘rivers and coastal’ – as well as updates for business owners and news from your Police and Crime Commissioner. The choice is yours.

For more information and details on how to Register go to the Suffolk Police Website.

Legal Highs

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – You may know them as Legal Highs

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What are they?

A ‘legal high’ is a psychoactive substance or chemical high, that mimics the effect of controlled drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.  They can be ingested or smoked. Many are now controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, making it a criminal offence to produce, import, export, possess or supply except under licence.  Many others are not controlled, however it does not mean they are safe.

The Psychoactive Substances Act received Royal Assent on 28 January 2016. The Act which applies across the whole of the UK came into force on 26 May 2016.

The Act:

  • makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, possess on custodial premises, import or export psychoactive substances; that is, any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. The maximum sentence will be 7 years’ imprisonment
  • excludes legitimate substances, such as food, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, caffeine and medical products from the scope of the offence, as well as controlled drugs, which continue to be regulated by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
  • exempts healthcare activities and approved scientific research from the offences under the act on the basis that persons engaged in such activities have a legitimate need to use psychoactive substances in their work
  • includes provision for civil sanctions – prohibition notices, premises notices, prohibition orders and premises orders (breach of the 2 orders will be a criminal offence) – to enable the police and local authorities to adopt a graded response to the supply of psychoactive substances in appropriate cases
  • provides powers to stop and search persons, vehicles and vessels, enter and search premises in accordance with a warrant, and to seize and destroy psychoactive substances

Are they Safe?

Those that are not illegal still have serious side effects such as breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, seizures, comas and even death. They take the form of powders, pills and herbal smoking material and look similar to the controlled drugs that they mimic.

How dangerous are these drugs?

BBC Newsnight investigated legal highs and their dangers.

There were a number of deaths in the UK during 2013; both as a result of direct use, or NPS were found to be a contributory factor. There have also been a number of near misses in Suffolk.

What do they contain?

Benzylpiperazine (BZP) (Class C) normally a white or off white powder this also includes related piperazines compounds such as TFMPP, DBZB, mCPP, the effects are talkative, decreased appetite, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, vomiting, fits or seizures, collapse and difficulty in sleeping.

Gamma – Butyrolactone (GBL) this is very similar to GHB and converts to GHB shortly after entering the body, it can be lethal with alcohol, users experience feelings of euphoria, reduced inhibitions, arousal, drowsiness, nausea, reduced heart rate, hypothermia, unconsciousness, coma and death. It comes in an oily colourless liquid, its main use is an industrial solvent in the chemical industry GBL and related chemical 1,4-BD are (Class C drugs when intended for human ingestion).

Synthetic cannabinoids (Class B) there are many hundreds of these synthetic cannabinoids, a herbal like substance is sprayed with various chemicals in turn giving the effect of THC which leads to the same effects as would be experienced by the use of cannabis.

Methadrone also known as Mephedrone (not to be confused with Methadone) (Class B) similar to but slightly less effect than MDMA, we have had one death in Suffolk where this substance was found as a result of a toxicology test, there has also been reported overdoses in Suffolk.

Don’t Take the Risk

Police Forces and other law enforcement agencies from both the UK and in Europe are sharing intelligence on this ever growing area of work in order to determine any risks posed.

There is evidence to suggest that consumption can cause adverse effects on heart and blood vessels, risk of dependence and psychosis and anxiety effects and the higher potency of the chemical poses a higher risk of accidental overdose.

There appears to a trend with young people trying some of the new substances for their own enjoyment with a desire to achieve a relaxing , hallucinogenic or  stimulating effect and another of a more older user, using for the stimulating and often for sexual purposes. Unfortunately in the user’s opinion and their understanding the word legal means safe, the opposite often applies.

Where are they being sold?

The drugs or chemicals have numerous trade names but it is the chemical name that may decide if it is controlled or not. It is difficult to determine if the substance is controlled or not without forensic analysis and it is possible to have two identical packets supplied by the same company, one may be controlled and one may not be controlled.

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Legal Highs, or New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), are often sold as research chemicals, bath salts, room odourisers and plant food.  They are often sold on market stalls, at festivals and head shops which also sell other drug paraphernalia and are also available over the internet. They are also advertised not for human consumption.  All this is all done to circumnavigate the law.

Suffolk Constabulary are working with Trading Standards to stamp out all supplies of this type of product in Suffolk using various powers to include the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and The General (Product) Safety Regulations 2005 with some success.

There are 100’s of trade names to numerous to mention, names such as Pulse ultra, Ivory Wave, Ex-ses Platinum, Jamaican Ghanja, Super Skunk Extra Strength, Doves, Vanilla Sky, Recharge Extra, Solar, Amsterdam Gold, Ocean Burst, Ice Bud Super Cold, are examples of the ones that have been seized, Exodus Damnation, Clockwork Orange, Black Mamba, NBOMe, Benzo Fury, Meadow Sweet there are many more.

Please inform Trading Standards if you see these products being sold by calling their Helpline on 08454 040506.  If you have any other issues or concerns you can report these to Suffolk Police:

What does the future hold?

The Government are currently researching the best way to deal with this long term problem. As soon as they control one legal high another one appears and we clearly need your help in getting the message out that these substances are not safe.  Many are illegal, please consider the consequences before you buy and consume, a criminal conviction will hinder your long term prospects such as career and employment, but more importantly consider the health implications that may be caused  by ingesting or smoking these products.

We need your help

To help the Government make their decision many organisations and individuals are encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge of legal highs:

  • Who is using them?
  • Where are they buying them?
  • What effects do they get and how much they cost?

There are a number of ways you can help with the gathering of this information:

  • Share information with Suffolk Police, which will be treated in confidence
  • If you would like to discuss any aspect of psychoactive substances please contact the Controlled Drug Liaison Officer at Suffolk Constabulary email  or telephone 01473 613500 Ext 2869 or mobile 07979 178664
  • More drug awareness information can be found on the Frank website.

Please Remember

  • Many are illegal and likely to cause you serious harm or even death.
  • Smoking or ingesting Legal Highs may cause you serious harm; you may also be committing an offence THINK before you do die! 
  • Do you know what’s in those packets, THINK! Before you smoke or ingest, Legal Highs are unsafe and can cause serious health problems or even worse

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Our emphasis is firmly placed on keeping Suffolk residents, especially young people, safe from any harm that the use of these substances may cause in the future, whilst at the same time do all we can to disrupt the supply both on a local and national basis.

Protect against Marine Crime

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:

  • Suffolk Police has a number of Marine Watch schemes across the county, which operate in a similar manner to Neighbourhood Watch 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 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 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 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



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