Shed break-ins warning:
Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.
The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the Broome area where garden equipment has been stolen.
Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves.
- Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
- Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
- Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
- If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.
- Store high value items in the home
- Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
- Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents
- Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.
Pc Jim Squires from Norfolk Constabulary has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.
“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”
For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk.
DITCHINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Should there be changes made to Ditchingham Parish Council’s set up?
Under the South Norfolk Community Governance Review 2017 – 2018 all of the parishes in the South Norfolk district are being reviewed to consider:
- Parish areas – creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
- The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
- The electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of elections; council size, the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding)
- Grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes
- Consequential matters – e.g. the effect on existing parishes; dealing with parish assets; resolving issues relating to employees of existing parishes; setting a precept for a new Council; setting a date for the next elections and subsequent electoral cycles.
Find out more by:
Please let us know your views by:
- attending the Annual Parish Council Meeting at the Village Hall on Monday 15th May
- Writing to Keith Weston, 10 Hollow Hill Road or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emailing the parish clerk email@example.com
The SNC consultation closes on 12th June 2017.
Please tell us if you think things are fine as they are, or about changes you would like to see.
The following is a Police Connect message.
Telephone cold calls & online adverts claiming to be offering ‘Government backed voucher’ schemes for replacement windows.
Norfolk Trading Standards are warning residents about recorded message telephone cold calls and online adverts on social media sites claiming to be offering ‘Government backed vouchers’ and ‘Green schemes’ for replacement windows.
The recorded message calls includes the opportunity for the recipient to ‘press 5 to speak to an agent’, the online adverts include a ‘contact me’ form.
Trading Standards are concerned that both approaches do not clearly identify the businesses you are giving your details to or which business may receive them.
Trading Standards advises always be very wary of any approach made in a telephone cold call and NEVER give or confirm any personal details or agree to someone visiting your home if approached in this manner.
We also advise consumers to think carefully before putting personal details onto an online ‘contact me’ form unless you are completely sure who you are providing them too.
Impartial advice on energy saving and accessing genuine grants is available for the Energy Saving Trust.
If you have received one of these calls, or responded to an online advert and have agreed to a salesperson visiting you at home contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline via their online reporting form or telephone 03454 04 05 06.
Police are appealing for witnesses or information following an assault that took place in Bungay.
The incident took place on Sunday 26 February, sometime between 8pm and 8:15pm, near Manor Road. A woman in her 20s was walking alone when she heard footsteps behind her before she felt a sudden cut to her face. She was unable to give a description of the suspect or describe how the cut was sustained.
She was treated by paramedics, however did not require hospital treatment.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting reference 19823/17 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Theft from motor vehicle warning:
Police in South Norfolk are urging motorists to be vigilant following a number of thefts from vehicles recently.
A number of vehicles have been broken into on the area in the last week in particular work vans were power tools are being stolen.
PC Jim Squires, said: “thieves are targeting works vans, we are finding no forced entry to the vehicles, it could be they have some sort of master key. With this in mind I would advise owners of works vans to remove valuable tools from the vehicle at night”.
I would also give the follow advice on vehicle security:
• Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle
• Take your belongings with you when you leave the car – if you can’t, lock them in the boot before you start your journey
• Get an alarm installed
• Consider marking all your valuables that you frequently leave in your vehicle
• If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t always try and park in a well-lit open place
• Always lock your vehicle and garage
Anyone with information concerning the thefts should contact us on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
This message is being broadcast on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards
We have been advised by Essex Trading Standards that they have received three reports of roofers calling at homes, claiming to be from Trading Standards.
The callers are claiming that a roofer who recently carried out work is being investigated. The caller claims that they can carry out a survey of the resident’s roof and that they will be able to claim compensation as part of the investigation. They are then asking the resident for sums of around £2,000.
Trading Standards Officers are highly unlikely to visit a consumer’s home unless they have already been asked to by the consumer or a trusted friend or relative.
Trading Standards Officers will NEVER ask a resident for money.
There are certain precautions that can be taken to guard against doorstep callers:
- Fit and use a door security chain when you open the door.
- Check the identification of a caller by ringing their employer. Use the telephone number from your telephone book and not one they might supply.
- Do not let anyone to carry out work on your house until you get a second opinion and never agree to callers who say “we are only in the area today”.
- Never keep large sums of money in the house and keep purses out of sight, not near the door.
For further information or advice on consumer issues or rogue traders please use the following contacts:
Phone: 0345 4040 506
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Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Police Connect Team