Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) – Your local policing team
Every community in Warwickshire has a local policing Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Our teams work with communities and partner organisations to identify and address local concerns. Teams tackle crimes and work to make communities safer.
The local SNT for Welford on Avon is the Alcester Police South Safer Neighbourhood Team, the team deploy from Alcester and cover the wards of Bidford and Salford, Welford, Barton, Aston Cantlow, Alcester and Kinwarton. For an update on all current information please visit the dedicated web site at https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/2269/Alcester-South?uprn=200001167773
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Monthly updates will be published on this page but for full details please visit http://www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/
Alcester South SNT Update
- Theft. High Street. Pedal cycle taken from outside shop. Three males (aged 16 – 17 years) were seen to walk off with the bike which also had the owners iPhone attached to it. The bike is described as a Black Boardman T Carbon, with yellow highlights, continental tyres and schmono brakes. 12 midday Sunday 11th March. 0228 11/03/2018
Alcester & Bidford Community Forum Police Priorities Poll
The results. Thank you to all those that voted online. The three suggestions with the most votes will be adopted by the Team as Priorities for the next three months. These extra patrols are above any of the normal day to day work carried out by the Team. The top three are:-
- Alcester South – Patrols to deter residential and business burglaries.
- Bidford Area – Patrols to deter and deal with ASB use of motor vehicles.
- Alcester South – Patrols to deter vehicle crime.
Alcester South SNT Update
Alcester Police SNT Priorities
This is a reminder that our latest Police Priority Polls are NOW live and can be voted for online. Please follow the link below. The Polls will finish on the 15th March. The top three suggestions from each poll will be set as a Priority for the next three months.
If you have any suggestions for the next Poll, please let us know.
Malicious or nuisance phone calls
Nuisance calls are calls that are not indecent, threatening or offensive, but which cause annoyance or anxiety. Silent calls or calls at unsociable hours are two examples. Malicious calls are calls that are offensive or threatening. They may form part of a campaign of harassment – to cause fear and distress. Malicious calls may involve more serious offences such as blackmail or threats to damage property.
- Anyone can receive a nuisance phone call as offenders may dial any telephone number at random.
- If you’re unsure who is calling you, don’t give your name or your number when you answer a call. Just say ‘hello?’. A genuine caller is very likely to begin the conversation and identify themselves.
- Don’t give out personal information about yourself or people you live with unless you know the caller well.
- Use an answer machine/voicemail to screen your incoming calls.
- After the call, press 1471 on your phone keypad to find out the caller’s number. If necessary, callers can still be traced even if they have used the ‘141 number withheld’ facility. Ask your phone service provider for details.
- Avoid leaving your name or your number in the opening messages of any answering machines or services that you use.
- Don’t give your number to a caller unless you know them well. If a caller asks your number, ask them which number they were looking for, then simply tell them if they were right or wrong.
- Don’t leave messages on your answering machine/voicemail saying that you are out, on holiday or away. Instead, say that you are unable to take the call at the moment.
- If you live alone, consider saying ‘We can’t take your call at the moment’, instead of ‘I can’t take your call at the moment’ when you record your answering machine/voicemail opening message.
- Having a male voice reading a message on your answering machine/voicemail may also deter some malicious callers.
- If you’re a single female, don’t put ‘Miss’ in the phone book. If you are a woman, do not give details of your sex or marital status in the phone book. Use your initials instead of your first name.
- Consider going ex-directory or changing your phone number.
- Make sure that your children know not to give out any personal details over the telephone.
Report malicious / obscene calls
Making a malicious or obscene call is a criminal offence. Don’t suffer in silence – report malicious or obscene phone calls to the police.
- If you have received several malicious calls in a short space of time, or believe that the calls are related to other criminal activity, please call 101. This is the 24-hour police non-emergency number.
- If you believe that you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999.
Various laws can be imposed against people who make malicious calls or send malicious messages. If calls are severe and persistent, then prosecutions can be made under harassment laws. The chances of prosecution and higher penalties increase where offences are made more serious by other factors, such as racism. In cases where psychological harm to victims has been severe, callers have been charged with causing actual or grievous bodily harm.
Report nuisance calls
Nuisance calls can often be resolved without the police having to get involved.
- Call the Nuisance Call Bureau – 0800 661 441.
- Call the BT advice line – 0800 666 700 – you will hear a recorded message which runs 24 hours a day.
- Or call your phone service provider.
If the nuisance calls persist and you believe that the calls could be related to other criminal activity, or if they cause the victim particular distress, the police may consider investigating them as potential harassment.
What to do if you receive a nuisance call
- Never react, argue or get involved in a conversation. Don’t give nuisance callers any satisfaction. It’s your phone, in your house – you are in control, not the caller.
- Put the handset down near to the phone and walk away. Return in about ten minutes and replace the handset. This is very frustrating for the caller and you probably won’t be bothered again. Every call they make increases their phone bill.
- Tell your family and those who live with you about the nuisance call. Make sure that they know how to use the phone safely and how to handle any nuisance calls that they receive. This also applies to malicious calls.
What to do if you receive a malicious call
- Keep calm. Try not to sound anxious or distressed. Sadly, most malicious callers enjoy the feeling of causing distress to their victims – if you deny them that feeling then they are less likely to continue.
- Do not enter into a conversation with the malicious caller or respond to them emotionally.
- If they are silent, do not try to persuade them to speak.
- Take control. If the phone rings again, wait for any callers to identify themselves before you speak. Genuine callers will speak fist. If it is the malicious caller, put the handset down calmly and ignore it for a few minutes before hanging up.
- If you can, unplug your phone (and any extension phones) for a short while afterwards.
- Keep a record of times and dates that you receive the calls. Keep pen and paper next to the telephone to note what was said, and any other features that you notice about the calls – background noise, for example.
- If you receive a malicious call to your mobile phone, keep a record (as above) and keep all caller numbers or IDs – don’t delete them.
- Don’t delete any malicious message that you receive on your answering machine/voicemail. If your service provider only saves voicemail messages for a limited time, find out what these time limits are.
PCC Newsletter – March 2018
For full details please click on the following link PCC March 2017
Alcester South SNT Update
Burglary can be a very upsetting for the victims. We understand that burglary in your home can feel like a personal crime and an invasion of your personal space. How to report:-
If the offender is still near the scene, the crime is in progress, injury has been threatened / caused or there is a threat to life then please call 999. In all other cases report by calling 101.
If the worst does happen and you find that your home has been broken into, you can help us bring the offender to justice and potentially recover items stolen by following this forensic advice:
- Limit what you touch around your home. It is tempting to try and establish exactly what has been taken, but every surface you touch may be destroying potential fingerprint or DNA evidence.
- Broken windows should be left alone. Intruders have been known to leave DNA evidence on broken glass. If you clear the frame of broken glass prior to police arrival, you will also have cleared the potential for evidence to be obtained.
- Limit walking about within your home. Intruders can leave footwear marks which can be retrieved by our Crime Scene Investigators
- Any items or tools discarded by the intruder should be left where they are. If you see anything which does not belong in your home, leave it alone and let the officer know about it.
Following a report of a burglary, we will appoint an investigating officer who may take some or all of the following steps during the investigation:
- Obtain a statement from the victim and any other witnesses who may be identified.
- Conduct door to door enquiries in the area.
- Establish if there is CCTV footage in the area
- Task a crime scene investigator to attend and search for fingerprint or other evidence.
- Make attempts to trace stolen property through appeals and other channels
Where a burglary occurs in a shed or outbuilding at your home after an assessment by control room staff, a telephone investigator will record your crime. You will be asked a number of questions relating to the incident.
What you can do?
- Identify where there is CCTV relevant to the incident and how to get hold of it.
- A crime scene investigator will be considered if any item has been left behind by the offender. In that case you will be asked to leave it insitu unless evidence maybe lost due to the weather. You would then be asked to recover it using a clean plastic bag to a sheltered dry location
- Name any possible witnesses after speaking to your neighbours
Please follow these simple tips to help improve your home security.
Tips for the home
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
- Consider installing good outside lighting
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
- Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Smartwater – how does this work? Smartwater allows you to mark your valuables with their own unique forensic code, allowing them to be traced back to you. It can be used on anything from electronic equipment to jewellery. It is easy to apply, only visible under UV light – does not leave unattractive marks or stains. SmartWater are offering people who live in the Warwickshire and West Mercia policing areas an exclusive opportunity to purchase a home security pack at a special promotional one-off price of £25 (current retail price of £75). Go tohttps://shop.smartwater.com/redeem/or call 0800 521 669. Make sure you quote discount code WDBCRIME25.
Business burglary includes all buildings or parts of buildings that are used solely and exclusively for business purposes.
If you find that your office/business or shop has been broken into, you can help us bring the offender to justice and potentially recover items stolen by following the forensic advice in this sheet. The Investigating officer will then complete their crimes enquiries in a similar way to the home burglary.
The Secured by Design website will give you advice and information on products tested to a national standard which are designed to reduce crime at home, or commercial premise.
Victim Support is an independent charity that help people affected by crime and traumatic events. They are not part of the police or any other criminal justice agency. www.victimsupport.org.uk T: 0808 168 9111
PCC Newsletter – February 2018
For full details please click on the following link PCC Update Feb 2018
Alcester South SNT Update
- Robbery. Store, High Street. Three men entered the store and have demanded money from the owner. A disturbance had taken place and the owner has been hit on the hand with a hammer. It is believed the males then left the scene with a quantity of cash, getting into a dark Grey Mercedes and driving off onto the Barton Road and then possible towards Bidford. All men were described as tall. 8.20pm Monday 22nd January. 0384 22/01/2018. Video of the robbery had been released and can be viewed on the local newspaper social media pages.
Nuisance & Fraudulent Phone calls
Over the last week we have become aware that a number of residents have received phone calls from people purporting to be from the Police. HMRC and PPI Companies. These callers are requesting residents purchase iTunes / PlayStation vouchers etc. in order to resolve a problem Some are directly asking for money. Once the vouchers are purchased the activation codes are given over the phone which the scammers then use. The majority of these victims or intended victims have been elderly. Please be aware of these scam calls.
PCC Newsletter – January 2018
For full details please click on the following link PCC Update Jan 2018
Alcester South SNT Update
- Suspicious Circumstances. Church Street. Two males seen going door to door trying to sell items from holdalls. Both males checked by police patrol and details taken. 1.35pm Tuesday 9th January. 0177 09/01/2018
- Suspicious Circumstances. Orchard Close. Two men from a white van with ladders on the roof went to a house and said that they were there to do some plumbing work. No work was needed at the house and no one had been called so they were asked to leave. The males left in the van. Shortly afterwards another male visited the house but was also turned away. All the males are described as white and of slim build. Two of them were wearing blue tracksuits. 9.45am and 10.15am Tuesday 9th January. 0111 09/01/2018
From the Warwickshire Trading Standards website – https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams – Rogue Traders can include:
- doorstep sellers
- sellers of counterfeit items like clothing, perfumes, tobacco and DVD’s
- sellers of unsafe electrical items
- sellers of un-roadworthy or clocked cars
Doorstep rogue traders will often call unexpectedly, offering services or goods that you hadn’t asked for. They will offer to carry out work on your property, or sell you a product, at what seems like a reasonable price. In reality they are looking to trick you out of your money.
You shouldn’t feel pressured to accept any work or service you don’t want. It’s your home and your right to say ‘No’. To report a rogue trader contact the Citizens Advice consumer service . Guidance from Citizens Advice on how to spot a scam.
PCC Newsletter – December 2017 Extra
For full details please click on the following link – PCC Dec 2017 Extra
Alcester South SNT Update
Alcester Police South SNT Forum Priorities – Alcester & Bidford Community Forum
The latest Poll is now live. Please vote for the suggestion you would like to see set as a priority. The three with the most votes will be adopted by the team as a priority till March 2018. These suggestions are above the normal work carried out by the Team. If you have a suggestion for the next Poll in March, please let the team know. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/3306/Alcester-Police-South-SNT-Forum-Priorities
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares. It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court. Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles until the court hearing. Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831. Hare coursing tends to start after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops. Warwickshire’s rural landscape makes it a popular area for hare coursing. It often attracts coursers from outside of the county.
What to look out for – You can help us fight hare coursing by looking out for activity in your area.
- The most obvious sign is groups of vehicles parked in a rural area, perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path.
- They will usually be estate cars, four wheel drives or vans. It will be obvious looking inside whether there is evidence of dogs or not.
- They often travel in convoy, with vans at the front and rear containing minders.
- They will often use binoculars to spot hares.
- Coursers will often walk along the edge of a field to frighten a hare into the open.
Report it – If you see hare coursing taking place, or suspect it is happening in your area contact us immediately on 101. We advise that you do not approach the participants. It may help us if you can answer any of the questions when reporting wildlife crime:
- Are the suspect/s alone or in a group?
- Are they trespassing?
- Do they have equipment with them?
- Do they have dogs or firearms with them?
- Where are they going?
- Where have they been?
- What do they look like?
- Have they any vehicles?
- What are the number plates and vehicle models?
- Can you safely get a photograph?
More help and support – National Rural Crime Network – www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net
Join South Warwickshire Citizens’ Academy
The Citizens’ Academy is an exciting opportunity to understand and experience how Warwickshire Police protects local people from harm and improves residents’ quality of life. 11 April – 27 June 2018, Stratford Samaritans Community Hub, Tyler House, Tyler Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6TY. Wednesday 6.30pm- 8.30pm. Apply online at WarksSouth.CitizensAcademy@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk Closing date 4 April 2018. *Criteria will be applied to the selection process and successful applicants will be subject to security checks. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/16538/South-Warwickshire-Citizens-Academy