Safer Neighbourhood Team

It has been another busy month. I have been out in the community meeting lots of people, attending community cafes and running Coffee with a Copper in Hadleigh which was well attended. As we get into better weather my engagement calendar is getting full so if you would like me to attend one of your community events or clubs please contact me to arrange.

As I write the country is dealing with and rending to effects of Coronavirus. Please look after each other and rally to those who may need more support and help.

News in the area regarding crime

Due to a spike in shed and out building burglaries, I have asked one of our crime officers for advice on securing these buildings.

Ensure that the building is in good condition and look to improve its security by:
• Fixing mesh or bars on the inside of windows.
• Fitting good locks to all doors. Padlocks should be at least 6cm/2.5 ins wide, hardened steel, have at least five pins and be a close shackled type (reduces risk of being forced).
• Fittings should be bolted through the door and reinforced at the back with a steel plate or washer; hasps should have concealed screws.
• Fitting additional locks up-and-over garage doors.
• Considering an alarm, either a battery operated text alarm or upgraded house alarm which includes the shed or garage.
• It is important to remember to use locks at all times, even if you are at home.
• Always keep keys safe and out of sight.
• Secure all items that could be easily removed; they could be used to break into your house.
• Security-mark property such as lawn mowers, furniture and tools with your postcode and advertise the fact that they are marked. Keep a note of serial, make and model numbers.
• Photograph of any valuable garden ornaments. If they are stolen, the police can circulate the photographs to help with identification.
• Ensure that bicycles are security marked and have additional devices to secure them inside the shed or garage.
• Consider installing security lights to both illuminate your garden and deter thieves. Sensors can be bought which switch light on when a moving body is detected; also available are sodium tubes that switch on automatically once it becomes dark
• Keep shrubs, bushes, hedges, etc. cut back as they can provide a hiding place for thieves.
• Check that all boundary fences, walls and gates are in good repair. A solid barrier is an excellent deterrent to the opportunist thief.
• Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your garden day and night and do the same for them.
• Contact the police immediately if you see anything suspicious.

Please call 101 to make contact with police in the event of non-emergency. Reports can also be made online. In an emergency always call 999.

Community Engagement Officer PC 287 Sarah George

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