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Neighbourhood Watch

23 April 2014

The police.uk website was launched in 2011 to provide the public with street-level crime and anti-social behaviour data for their local area.

The Home Office have recently designed a toolkit to introduce Neighbourhood and Home Watch members to thepolice.uk website.
The toolkit can be viewed and downloaded from our website from the link below:
The Home Office has also produced some Neighbourhood Watch business cards and postcards to help promote the police.uk website. These can be ordered from the Home Office by phone or email by using the product codes below:
Police.uk business card (PUKNHWBC) – max order limit: 500
Police.uk postcard (PUKNHWPC) – max order limit: 500
Phone – 0870 241 4680 (Press 0 to speak to the Home Office publications team)
Email – homeoffice@prolog.co.ukMarch 2014

At the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network office we often get phone calls or emails asking for advice about scams.

We always advise anyone who suspects a scam, or who has been the victim of a scam, to report it to the police onwww.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.  However, it is always better to take preventative action where possible and it is good to know what to look for to avoid being taken in, as well as to advise friends and family members when necessary.

The charity Think Jessica (www.thinkjessica.com) provides a lot of useful advice about scams.  Their 12-page booklet, ‘Scam mail is blackmail‘, is particularly useful and covers: lottery and prize draw scams, clairvoyant scams, catalogue scams, courier scams, bank / building society scams and more.  You can order a free hard copy of this booklet by writing to:
Think Jessica
PO Box 4442
Chesterfield S44 9AS
(Please enclose a 2nd class stamp)
Or by emailing advice@thinkjessica.com.

They also provide information packs, including a DVD, which cost £7 per pack, and free downloadable posters which you can access at www.thinkjessica.com/posters.htm.

For a cost they will supply bulk orders to a group or organisation, which can be personalised with your logo and local contact details if you wish – contact Think Jessica at the address above or on advice@thinkjessica.com to discuss your requirements.

December 2013

Christmas & New Year Security

With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, you are probably in the process of buying presents and stocking up on supplies for the festive season. However, at this time of year rich pickings can be found.
We want you to be able to relax and enjoy the festive season, so here are some useful tips to ensure that you don’t become a victim to an opportunist thief.

Make sure gifts and valuables, wrapped and unwrapped, are out of view and not visible from any windows. This applies in the car as well as in the home.

  • Photograph valuable property and log any serial numbers. Don’t store the information on a laptop, as that might be stolen too – keep it on a memory stick in a safe place.
  • Don’t put gift packaging out for recycling or leave it sticking out of your bin – thieves will notice boxes for branded products like laptops, TVs or accessories that could indicate an expensive piece of kit somewhere in the house. The safest thing to do is to break down any cardboard boxes or fold them inside out so that you cannot see the branding. You can then store them out of sight inside your home until you can dispose of them at a local recycling site.
  • Mark any expensive gifts you receive for Christmas with a UV pen or property marking service. This will make it harder for burglars to sell the items and allow police to return them to you. Call your local policing team on 101 for advice about property marking products. You can register your property with www.immobilise.com which is endorsed by a number of police forces.
  • Lock all doors and windows, leave a light on and draw the curtains when you go out at night. Keep your doors and windows locked from the inside even when you are inside your home.
  • Visible burglar alarms, exterior security lighting, timer lighting switches and leaving the radio on help to deter thieves and give the impression that somebody is at home.
  • Bolt and padlock garden gates and make sure you don’t leave ladders out, or other things that burglars could easily use to climb on. Remember to lock your garden shed and store your tools inside; it stops burglars using your tools to break into your house. Consider fitting extra padlocks to gates, sheds and garages. Don’t keep presents in the garage or shed.

If you’re going away, we always recommend asking a trusted neighbour to pop in to your home every now and then to turn the lights on and off, draw the curtains, collect the mail and make the house look occupied. It goes without saying, make sure everything is properly locked up before you leave and the burglar alarm – if you have one – is set. We advise cancelling your newspapers, magazines and milk deliveries. We also recommend that you don’t advertise the fact you are away from your home on Social Networking sites – thieves use Social Media too!

You don’t have to be a member of a Neighbourhood or Home Watch scheme to be a good neighbour, and even if you don’t have much contact with your neighbours, Christmas could be the perfect time to break the ice, have a friendly chat and get to know them a bit better.

Burglars wander around looking for chances. The best opportunity for the police to catch them in the act is for you to spot them before they break in. Wherever you live, remain vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, call 999 immediately. You can also call 101 to contact your police in a non-emergency situation.


Winter Driving

Leicestershire Police is giving away free ice scrapers to urge motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended with its engine running while de-icing them.
Last year 32 cars in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland were stolen because their owners had gone inside and left them while they defrosted. This year the police are giving away free ice scrapers to remind motorists not to leave their car unattended with the engine running.
Leicestershire Police is also urging motorists to make sure they clear their windscreen completely and not to drive off until it is clear.
Detective Inspector Steve Durrant said: “Every winter on frosty mornings people leave vehicles with engines running while they go indoors to keep out of the cold.
“It’s therefore no surprise that when they go back outside their driveway is empty, as it only takes a few seconds to steal a car when the keys are left in the ignition. Our advice to all drivers is to use an ice scraper and stay with the vehicle when defrosting it. If you need to leave the car then remove any valuables, close all windows, lock all doors and take the keys with you.”
There is now a range of pre-icer products that prevent ice and frost from building up on windscreens and windows, and motorists are advised to use one of these the night before.
Leaving your vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition could be seen as not taking reasonable care, and might invalidate any insurance claim if your vehicle is stolen in this way.
The free Scrapers will be given on a first come first serve basis and will be available at all police stations.
To report crime, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Use 999 only in emergencies where there is a threat to life or crime in progress.
Other winter safe driving tips;

  • Make sure you have a completely clear windscreen before you drive off
  • If your view is in any way obscured, be it because it’s misted up or it’s covered in ice or snow, then you put yourself and others in serious danger
  • You should clear the entire windscreen, not just the small section the driver sees out of, as well as the side and rear windows
  • Scrape away any frost, ice or snow and use the air conditioning or heating to keep the glass mist free
  • Ensure anti-freeze has been added to the radiator & that screen wash is of sufficient concentration
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going
  • Take a spade, flask of hot drink, torch, mobile phone (fully charged or with charger), blanket and appropriate outdoor clothing
  • Slow down on icy or snowy roads and leave a greater distance between you and the car in
  • Check your route with such organisations as RAC Travel and AA Road-watch, and tune into local radio before you set out
  • If you get stuck in an isolated area, stay with your vehicle and remember that the engine
  • Use your mobile phone if you need to access the emergency services for help

Ask The Police.uk

Leicestershire Police is supporting a new website that aims to quickly answer non-emergency questions and free up staff to concentrate on urgent and more complicated calls.
The ‘Ask The Police’ website, which is also available as an app for smart phones, holds answers to around 750 questions, on the subject of things such as stray dogs and noisy neighbours, that the police are most frequently asked by the public through 101 or 999. The website is part of a national initiative that will assist the public to find solutions to everyday problems that can affect the quality of their lives.
The service is an easy-to-navigate website www.askthe.police.uk which is bespoke to Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and offers a range of answers and useful contacts. The website, which is free to use, will release precious time in police call centres and police stations – enabling staff to concentrate on urgent and more complicated calls from the public.
Leicestershire’s contact management department currently handles on average 1,957 calls a day, of which 1,644 are non-emergency. It is believed that this number will be substantially reduced, which will free up valuable resources to be re-allocated to frontline policing.
Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay said: “This is the latest in a range of additional services we are introducing into our area. We anticipate that, as the public become aware of it, this new website will prove to be a much appreciated and well used resource.
“The range of questions is very comprehensive, covering a wide range of subjects that include pets, noisy neighbours, road traffic, harassment and public order. New questions are continually added and we are encouraging the public to submit any questions they may have to the editors of the website who will consider them for inclusion nationally.”
Visitors to the website will be able to give their rating of the information and find rankings of the popularity of the questions asked. The new service will have a direct link to the Leicestershire Police website.

Operation Tiger

Leicestershire Police is launching a fierce new operation that aims to hunt criminals and protect communities as part of an intense period of police activity.

Operation Tiger, which leapt into action earlier this week, aims to protect communities whilst reducing crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by working together as a team and pulling together all resources. The operation is in response to the Police and Crime Plan as set out by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader.

Whilst the aims of the initiative are always an integral part of Leicestershire Police’s duty, this intensive period of activity will see all officers out on the streets tackling ASB, carrying out drugs warrants, recovering stolen property and visiting those who are causing the most harm to communities.

The Force has identified areas, across the Leicestershire Police area, that are subject to varying levels of crime. Across the operation, those areas will be targeted in a bid to prevent offending and re-offending whilst protecting communities and vulnerable people.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said: “Throughout this operation we will be pulling together as a Force, but also as a community. Whilst we will do all we can to target those who are causing most harm, we need your help in making sure these people are brought to justice so please speak out if you have any information.

“Residents may start to notice an increase in police presence through our patrols and warrants; however we are advising people to not be worried as we are working hard to protect communities. Our message to offenders is that they have a choice. If they commit a crime, we will catch up with them. Or they could choose to change their life and turn their back on crime. We hope to transfer fear from the community to those that commit the crime.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sir Clive Loader, is responsible for setting targets for Leicestershire Police through his Police and Crime Plan to ensure the consistent delivery of an efficient and effective police service which meets the needs of the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Sir Clive said: “Much of the policing conducted under Operation Tiger contributes directly to the outcomes laid out in my Police and Crime Plan, ensuring that the Force area of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is a safe place to live, work and to visit.

“Leicestershire Police has an excellent reputation for tackling the crime and anti-social behaviour that matters most to local people. I want to see the police continuing to drive down crime significantly by focussing on those who cause the most harm in our communities.”

Whilst there will be an initial period of intense enforcement activity, Operation Tiger will continue throughout the rest of the year and into the next. The tiger is watching.

For updates and more information on Operation Tiger visit the Force website www.leics.police.uk.

For more information about PCC Sir Clive Loader and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), or to become involved in shaping the vision for policing in your area, please visit the OPCC Website www.leics.pcc.police.uk

Healthwatch Leicestershire Public Consultation Event – Market Harborough

Starts 25 Oct 2013 – 10:00am
Ends 25 Oct 2013 – 12:00pm
Location Market Harborough Methodist Church Centre, Northampton Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9HE
Cost Free

Healthwatch Leicestershire (HWL), the local consumer champion for health and social care services, wants to hear from you.
HWL is inviting members of the public to come to their Market Harborough consultation event and tell Healthwatch about their experiences and issues around local health and social care services.
HWL is particularly interested in local experiences with services such as:

  • GPs and practices
  • Mental health services
  • Hospitals
  • Social care
  • Community health services
  • Carers services
  • Children and young people’s services
The public’s views will help HWL identify issues affecting local people. HWL will then work on behalf of local people to improve health and social care services within Leicestershire. 

Book your place here. Alternatively you can call 0116 2574 999 or emailinfo@healthwatchleics.co.uk

Police in Market Harborough trial new dedicated anti-social behaviour car
On Monday 30th September 2013, police in Market Harborough began trialling a new dedicated anti-social behaviour car for a period of three months, to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the district. The aim is to provide an excellent service to victims of ASB whilst gathering intelligence to support the local policing unit’s problem solving to prevent repeated ASB.

One response officer and one Safer Neighbourhood Team officer will crew the dedicated marked police vehicle, which will be deployed between the hours of 3pm and 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 3pm until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, to deal with reported incidents of ASB.

Inspector Paul McKinder, Commander of Market Harborough Local Policing Unit, said: “This trial programme marks a new approach to the way we deal with reports of anti-social behaviour.  We take reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously and hope that using a dedicated ASB car will lead to a further reduction in incidents and give people, whose quality is life is affected by this type of behaviour, an excellent service.”

Officers and staff patrolling in the ASB car will carry specific tasks during their tour of duty including: contacting all callers reporting ASB on the previous day and speaking to them in person to ensure that they are satisfied with the service received; completing reassurance patrols at locations that were subject of reported ASB the previous day; attending reports of ASB incidents; and visiting ASB hotspots identified on patrol, patrolling on foot and actively engaging with local residents on arrival.

Inspector Paul McKinder added: “We rely on people ringing in and telling us about any problems, where they are occurring and how often.  Residents can do that by calling us to report problems if they are happening there and then or by filling in one of our consultation forms which we use to shape policing priorities across Market Harborough.”

A small leaflet will also be handed out by staff on the ASB car to victims of ASB providing the definition of ASB; local office details; local information regarding how local people can become involved in improving their local communities together; and useful contact numbers for local partner agencies.

Anyone with information about crime and anti-social behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

* Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines
** Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call.