IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SUFFOLK POLICE

 

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Suffolk Police would like to raise your awareness that between 1 Dec and 9 Jan there have been 97 burglaries in South Suffolk.

Locally, during the last four weeks, over 20 of these burglaries have been in Ipswich with the majority of these being in the west of the town. In a lot of cases entry has been gained at the rear of the property where bricks or similar are being used to smash the glass. Jewellery and cash appear to be the target.

 

Suffolk Police ask that if you hear the sound of breaking glass or see anyone hanging around acting suspiciously you call 101 immediately. Should you see anyone running from a property in conjunction with breaking glass please dial 999.

  • Use timer switches to bring on lights and radio at dusk to make your home appear occupied.
  • If you have an alarm please remember to set it when going out.
  • Avoid keeping valuable jewellery in the master bedroom & never keep cash in your home.
  • Always lock windows and doors when going out.
  • Keep front & rear doors locked even when at home.

Full crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Police website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Darker Nights – Protect your property and valuables

When the clocks go back on Sunday 30 October 2016, residents are encouraged to ‘switch on’ to some simple crime prevention tactics. This is also the time of year when there is the possibility of lots of people going out and enjoying Halloween/Firework Parties.

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Dark Nights

As darkness now descends earlier in the day we want to help people ensure that they don’t advertise that their homes are open to thieves by leaving their home in darkness or leave their property and valuables unsecured.

Leaving your house in total darkness is a sure sign no-one’s at home and an invitation to burglars.  Burglars look for quick win opportunities; they don’t want to run the risk of a confrontation so simply leaving a light on to give the impression someone is at home is often enough to deter them.

Timer switches can also be fitted to operate radios and lights if you’re not back from work until after dark or if you’re away for a few days.  Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken into.  A high proportion of all break-ins are as a result of properties being left insecure so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.  Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother – and also to never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot.  Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.

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Suffolk Police advise most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will search a neighbourhood for homes that look empty or dark, with access to back gardens. They also look out for windows that have been left open and unlocked doors.

By following a few simple steps, you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Crime Prevention Advice and Home Security should contact their local Crime Prevention Officer at Suffolk Police on 101.

101 is the number to call when you want to contact Suffolk Police when it’s less urgent, however in an emergency always call 999.

There are a number of other celebrations at this time of the year too.

Diwali (also known as the Festival of Lights) is one such celebration. Diwali is a Diwali Picturereligious festival including Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths which begins on Wednesday 11 November and continues for 5 days until Sunday 15 November.  This brings an opportunity for houses and businesses to be renovated and decorated and is also a time of much celebration with feasts. Diwali is also a time when fireworks are permitted until 1am the next day

There are visits to family and friends houses and women often dress in luxurious silks and this is also when gifts of gold jewellery are often exchanged and worn. Unfortunately this is also a time when there is the potential for a significant increase in families having gold and other jewellery in their houses, and in their possession, which could lead to an increase in the offences whereby Asian gold is targeted.

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Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association (ISIA) can provide more information about Diwali and other celebrations

In the past Police Forces nationally have experienced an increase of jewellery thefts during this period.  In particular, some Asian communities are often hit harder by thefts as their jewellery is often made of purer gold which has a higher value.  Hampshire Police have helpfully produced some essential messages in a range of languages, these are linked below:

Asian Gold Thefts

  • Gold Burglary LeafletEnglish 
  • Gold Burglary LeafletHindi
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Bengali
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Punjabi
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Urdu
  • Gold Burglary Leaflet – Nepalese

 

 

Hate Crime Awareness

What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is defined as – any incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or anyone else as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

A hate incident is defined as- any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or anyone else as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Hate crime can take many forms such as physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse. It can range from non-verbal intimidation to physical violence. Whichever form the abuse may take, it is important that you tell someone.

How is it dealt with in Suffolk?

The Suffolk Hate Crime Service is now closed.  However, information about the future development of support to victims of hate crime in Suffolk will be published on this Blog when available. Please keep checking back with us.

In Suffolk we take any form of hate crime seriously, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is at the time. Are being physically assaulted, called names, bullied? Are you feeling intimidated? Is your property being vandalised?  It is important that you tell someone when you have experienced a Hate Incident or Hate Crime even if you do not wish to be contacted by anyone.

How do I report it?

If you, or someone you know have been a victim of a hate crime and you want to report it, contact Suffolk Police or call them on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers  anonymously.

Always in an emergency call 999

Additional Information

Stop Hate UK, a national organisation, has produced a film ‘What is Hate Crime’ with British sign language, sub-titles and voice-over.

 

 

 

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

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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, 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
Crimestoppers
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner

Staying Safe on a night out

We want people to enjoy themselves on a night out or at a party with their friends. However in partnership with Suffolk Police we have produced a number of ‘Staying Safe’ messages. A summary of the main points are below.

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 are likely to feel disorientated and you cannot always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is fully charged before going out.

Look After Your Valuables

Unfortunately thefts do happen so:

  • Don’t leave things of value visible inside in your car, put them out of sight in the boot
  • Make sure you lock your vehicle
  • Don’t leave handbags/shopping bags unattended
  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket

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The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So be mindful of what and how much you are drinking. Don’t ruin your enjoyment by overdoing it.

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Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation. Plan your journey home.

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Festive Season Celebrations

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We want people to enjoy themselves this Festive Season, however in partnership with Suffolk Police and other Partners we have produced a number of ‘Staying Safe This Christmas‘ messages.  A summary of the main points are below.

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 are likely to feel disorientated and you cannot always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is fully charged before going out.

Look After Your Valuables

Unfortunately thefts do happen and 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.

  • 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
  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So be mindful of what and how much you are drinking. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festive season by overdoing it.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Whos Taking You Home

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

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