Thames Valley Police update for April 2016
Colnbrook & Poyle
Whilst the days are now getting longer we are not yet out of the winter months and there are still plenty of things you can do and be aware of to prevent crime in your area. Now the weather is brightening up and the sun is shining people become complacent when it comes to their home security. The most common cases of opportunist spring burglary involve offenders that:
- Enter an insecure front door while residents are in the back garden
- Enter doors that are closed but unlocked at night while residents are asleep
- Reach through windows to take valuable items
In around 25 percent of break-ins that take place in the spring, entry is gained through insecure windows and doors, especially at the rear of the property. Reducing burglaries continues to remain a high priority for the Neighbourhood Police Team. Officers have been patrolling the area to deter further burglaries and to give out crime prevention advice, leaflets and timer switches. Please can residents ensure that timer switches are used if you intend to leave your property vacant for the evening? These can be programmed to come on/off automatically at set times and are available from all Hardware shops/High street retailers and online. We will continue to work with residents to reduce burglaries by offering crime prevention advice and a reassuring presence; we ask if all residents can be mind full with regards to their property and possessions.
Crime reduction advice should focus on:-
- Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
- If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
- When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
- Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
- Ensure garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.
- Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
- Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
- Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.
We are encouraging all residents to contact Thames Valley Police with regards to anything out of character or any suspicious activity. This can be done by contacting 101 the non-emergency number, or if it is life threatening 999.
March saw an increase in Theft from vehicles. Most offences of theft from vehicle are opportunist. If valuable possessions (e.g., handbags, laptops, satnavs, iPods, mobile phones, cameras) are left on show inside a vehicle, it is much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Offences can take place during the day or night, whether a vehicle is parked in a driveway, on the street or in a public car park. Typically thieves will smash windows to gain entry; sometimes they will break door locks or, on older vehicles, prise the door away from the body of the vehicle.
The neighbourhood police team would advice the following Crime prevention advice to motorists to reduce this type of vehicle crime.
- When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car
- Park your car in an attended car park
- Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme
- When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area
- Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle
- Take all your personal possessions with you
- Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens
- Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside
- Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car
- Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website
- Do not store your car’s documents in the car
- Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts
Thames Valley Alert
The Neighbourhood Police Team is encouraging all residents to sign up to the Thames Valley alerts. Registering to receive messages from Thames Valley Alerts offers you the opportunity to receive localised crime and safety alerts for your local neighbourhood via email, voice or text. To sign up, you just need to visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk click on ‘Join’ and follow the on screen instructions. You can choose to receive different types of messages, e.g. burglary alerts, suspicious circumstances or good news and select the priority level which keeps you in control to receive alerts which are relevant to you.
Colnbrook Neighbourhood Action Group
A Neighbourhood Action Group is a multi-agency, problem-solving group that consists of relevant partner agencies, key stakeholders and, most importantly, members of the local community. Neighbourhood Action Group focuses their work around the main priorities that are identified after consultation with the local community.
Members, who are all volunteers, take on responsibility for achieving certain tasks on behalf of their neighbourhood. Several members of Slough Borough Council, Parish Council, L&Q Housing Association, Langley Neighbourhood Police team (NHPT) and members of the community are present and discuss issues surrounding burglary, theft from motor vehicles, traffic/parking, street lighting, anti-social behaviour(ASB), as well as many other local concerns. Understanding the issues that impact on those who live in or visit our neighbourhoods is one of the most important aspects of delivering a citizen focused service and improving public confidence.
As a result of attending Neighbourhood Action Group meetings, the Neighbourhood Police Team can appropriately plan and conduct patrol activities, community reassurance and respond to local priorities. Until recently neighbourhood priorities were established following leaflet-based consultation, public meeting or street events. As a result of these relatively limited consultation opportunities, priorities are identified by a very small proportion of the population and are often unrepresentative of the issues that neighbourhood teams deal on a daily basis.
Colnbrook’s Neighbourhood Action Group will meet next on Wednesday 27th April at 7:30pm in Room 1 of Colnbrook Village Hall. Please indicate your intention to attend by emailing chair Raymond Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Officers have been robustly tackling ASB over the Easter school holidays. Carrying out high visibility patrols and engaging with local youths.
Neighbourhood officers have carried out Community impact statements with regards to minimising Anti Social behaviour in the area.
An ANPR operation is scheduled for the near future. This will target road safety including, mobile phone offences, vehicles having no insurance, no tax and speeding offences.
A known shoplifter was arrested along with driving whilst disqualified within the area after a long spell of thefts from local shops.
With an increase in criminal damage in the area from local youths, the Neighbourhood police team are working with residents and partner agencies and issued Antisocial behaviour contracts.
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 but if your call is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via mail: ColnbrookPoyleFoxboroughNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk