Home Watch

 

There are four main objectives:
To Prevent Crime
By improving security, increasing vigilance and protecting the most vulnerable members of the community by encouraging a caring community spirit.
To help with the detection of criminals
By promoting effective communication.
To reduce the undue fear of crime
By providing accurate information about risks, supporting victims, promoting a sense of security and a caring community.
To improve Police – Community relations
By fostering regular contact and liaison

 

The following is a local policing update for the Swaffham neighbourhood

The following is a local policing update for the Swaffham neighbourhood

Weekly crime summary 28 January 2016

Cycle Thefts

Police in Swaffham are asking people to make sure they secure their cycles after a number of cycles have been stolen across the District.

Cyclists are reminded to:
• Always lock you cycle, even if you’re only leaving it for a moment. We recommend a heavy D-lock is used.
• Where possible leave your cycle in a well-lit area where it may be overlooked or where there may be CCTV coverage.
• Lock your bike through the frame and secure removable parts
• Make the lock or chain hard to manoeuvre when parked and face the lock towards the ground to make it difficult to pick
• At home keep your bike out of public view, preferably in a shed, garage or inside your property
• Secure your cycle to an immovable object for added security

If you see anyone acting suspiciously near a cycle storage area or an unattended cycle, call the police straight away.

If you have any concerns, call police on 101.



Police Connect

Please be aware that due to the introduction of new software, a reduced service continues to be provided by Police Connect.

The full service will be resumed as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk

Message from Chief Inspector Paul Wheatley



Heating Oil Theft Prevention Advice

It’s that time of year again when we are stocking up with heating oil to combat the approaching winter.

All heating oil users are encouraged to review their tank security and visit the following link for crime prevention advice:

http://www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/homesecurity/protectingyouroiltank.aspx

Please remain vigilant for persons acting suspiciously at your home and your neighbour’s properties. If you believe a crime to be in progress please call 999 or 101 for non-emergencies.

Police Connect – temporary reduced service

Please be aware that due to the introduction of new software, a reduced service will be provided by Police Connect from the week commencing Monday 19 October.

Messages will continue to be distributed, but will not include the weekly crime summary. 

The full service will be resumed as soon as possible. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk

You can contact us on 101 or if you think a crime is actually in progress then please always dial 999.


If you witness suspicious activity – call police on the non-emergency number 101. If you believe a crime is in progress dial 999.

Operation Randall is a high-profile police campaign aimed at tackling rural crime.
 
The campaign aims to protect Norfolk’s farming communities by reducing the number of offences committed while improving the information and intelligence received on suspicious activity, vehicles and persons.
As part of our commitment to keeping you informed about police and crime issues affecting the rural community, we will be issuing fortnightly email updates on areas relevant to you.
Please see below for the second Operation Randall summary. If you require any further information on the issues noted, please contact Norfolk Police on 101.
 
*You can receive updates specific to rural crime by selecting the ‘agriculture’ interest group by logging into your Police Direct account
via the Norfolk Police website.

Police would also give the following advice: 
 
            Close and lock the back door before answering the front door  
            Use a spy hole or window to look at the caller before answering the door.  
            Elderly householders should be on their guard and members of the public who have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour or relative     should be vigilant.  
            Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they are.  
            Phone the company or organization the caller claims to be from while the caller waits outside.  
            Tell someone you trust about uninvited callers to your home.  
            If necessary, report it to police with a description of the people involved and details of their vehicles if possible.

Crime prevention tips for your shed or outbuilding:
- Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
- Fit good quality mortice locks or padlocks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door to reduce the leverage available
- Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside remove the window if not required.
- Fit a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves
- Use padlocks and chains to secure high value items including power tools, lawnmowers and cycles to an anchor and each other
- Overtly security mark your property with your house number and postcode.

Crime prevention advice offered Norfolk Constabulary includes:
·          Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
·          Fit good quality mortice locks or padlocks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door to reduce the leverage available
·          Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside. Remove the window if it is not required.
·          Fit a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves
·          Use padlocks and chains to secure high value items including power tools, lawnmowers and cycles to an anchor and each other
·         Overtly security mark your property with your house number and postcode.

For more information on crime prevention advice and security items such as alarms and property marking kits contact Police Community Support Officer Paul Bailey at Swaffham Safer Neighbourhood Team on the non-emergency number 101.

A new way to contact your police

Norfolk Constabulary has introduced a new telephone number for people who want to talk to the police about non-urgent issues.
Instead of ringing the current switchboard number of 0845 456 4567, people should 
dial 101.
The introduction of 101 in Norfolk is part of a nationwide initiatlve which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year. 
It is designed to offer one easy way to contact your local police force to report non-emergency crimes, disorder or anti-social behaviour or to speak to your local police officers.
Assistant Chief Constable Kevin Wilkins said: “Everyone knows to ring 999 in an emergency – but research shows that only half of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk to them about less urgent issues.
“The introduction of an easy-to-remember, three-digit number should help address this.
“By the end of the year, people will be able to use 101 to contact their local police force’s non-emergency service, wherever they are in England and Wales. 
“It is also hoped that the introduction of 101 will help divert more non-urgent calls away from the 999 system, freeing up call handlers to deal with genuine emergencies.”

The new number should be used to report issues which don’t require an emergency response. For example, people should ring 101 if:
·         their vehicle has been stolen;
·         their property has been damaged;
·         they suspect drug use or dealing;
·         if they want to give the police information about crime in their area; or
·         if they would like to speak to a local police officer.   
101 will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When calling 101, the system determines the caller’s location and connects them to the police force covering that area. 
A recorded message announces which police force the caller is being connected to – and gives them a choice if they are on a boundary between two or more forces. 
Police call handlers in the local force contact centre will then answer the call and respond appropriately.  
There is also an option of speaking to an operator, if the caller wishes to contact another force. 
Calls from landlines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day or the duration of the call. 
People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can textphone 18001 101. 

The new 101 service is not for emergencies. In an emergency, people should always ring 999 for immediate police assistance.  An emergency is where: 
·         life is in danger
·         a serious offence is in progress
·         a suspect is at a scene
·         an alleged offender is identified at any location
·         there is an imminent likelihood of violence/damage to a person’s property
 ·         there is a serious road traffic collision


Keyholder scheme to give peace of mind
An initiative to ensure peace of mind to both business and home owners has been re-launched by Norfolk Constabulary. Norfolk Keyholder is a database of nominated individuals, including the owner, who can be contacted if an alarm sounds or an incident develops at the premises.
The scheme saves time and inconvenience as it enables the building to be secured avoiding further loss, cost or injury. It requires the property owner to nominate themselves and four additional keyholders who would be able to access the property in an emergency.
If an incident occurs at the resident’s property and the resident is away, one of the other keyholders will be contacted by a police officer. If suspicious activity is reported at the location an officer will also be requested to attend.
The system will be administered by staff in the Constabulary Contact and Control Room, with all the personal data held securely in accordance with national data quality principles and standards.
For non commercial properties the cost is £13/annum, while for commercial premises the cost is £25/annum.
For more information and a registration form please go to the safety advice pages of the Norfolk Constabulary website at
www.norfolk.police.uk and look at the business advice section.
                                                                  
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