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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

Welford Incidents
  • Attempt Burglary Residential. Headland Road. Offenders have tried to force entry through side door to house, but this has made a dog bark warning the occupants. A small sized car was then see to leave the area at speed. 4.30am Thursday 3rd May. 0111 03/05/2018

Wheelie Bins Thefts

We still get reports of wheelie bins being stolen on our area, on an almost weekly basis. Please be aware that wheelie bins can be used by burglars as climbing aid to help gain access to your property. Make sure your wheelie bins are out of sight of burglars. Store or secure it away until collection day. Did you know that wheelie bins can be used in the following ways by criminals:

  • As a climbing aid to help them gain access to your property… Would be burglars can move unsecure wheelie bins to climb on top of. Helping them scale your garden wall or fence.
  • As an indicator as to whether or not you are at home… Wheelie bins left out in the street can be an indication that you have not yet returned home from work. Consider asking a trusted neighbour if they would be kind enough to collect your wheelie bins from off the side of the road after they have been emptied.
  • As a removal aid to help take the items away that they have stolen… Burglars and thieves can use any insecure and accessible wheelie bins as a carrying cart to take away any items they have stolen from your property.
  • To find out information about you…Criminals can search through your wheelie bins looking for any personal information which may be contained in discarded letters and documents. This information can then be used to aid in identity theft. Ensure you destroy all discarded personal documentation, ideally by shredding it.
  • To start small fires… Criminals and vandals can use wheelie bins to help set small fires which can easily spread out of control and cause damage to your property and in extreme cases endanger life.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents

  • Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Barton Road. Several males seen stealing tools from works van. (Totalling approx.£3000). The offenders got into a Blue Ford Focus and left the area at speed. This is the same vehicle involved in the theft of pedal cycle in Bidford on the 26th April. The Focus has cloned number plates. 1.50pm Tuesday 24th April. 0211 24/04/2018

Lock Snapping

A number of burglaries have taken place where the offenders have snapped the door locks to gain entry. This involves breaking the cylinder in two allowing the lock to be manipulated and opened. This will release all the multi locking points around the door. Anti-Snap locks can be fitted to combat this type of crime. We advise you to check to see if your locks are anti-snap. There are numerous websites and YouTube videos on this issue. Here is one example of a website that will help explain the situation further –http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/about/public/cylinder-snapping/

Cloned Number Plates

There are two incidents in our report this week which relate to the offenders being in a Blue Ford Focus. On both occasions the registration number has been seen and passed to police. It seems that this plate has been cloned – this means that a set of fake number plates have been created matching a legitimate Ford Focus somewhere else in the country. These fake plates have then been fitted to the offenders car. Further enquiries are being made with regards the Ford Focus.

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Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are committed to providing the best possible service to our communities and putting victims at the heart of everything we do.

For information on services and support given to our victims by us and our criminal justice partners visit our websites:

Warwickshire Police: www.warwickshire.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

West Mercia Police: www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

 

 

 

 

“Are you a community group, or charity looking for an opportunity to expand your network of contacts, share intelligence with your peers and promote your work?”

 If so, Charity Networking, organised by Stratford Town Trust, is for you. They will provide the venue and refreshments so all you have to do is turn up!

Monday 14th May 2018, 10.00am – 12.00pm @ Foundation House, Masons Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9NF

This is the first of regular networking sessions to be hosted so they will be asking for your ideas about the format, content and themes for future events.

You’re welcome to just turn up on the day but it helps if you could book in advance via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stratford-town-trust-charity-networking-event-tickets-45433662307

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Pub car park, Binton Road. (Or while vehicle was in Honeybourne – driver not sure). Various tools stolen from the rear of a Black Mitsubishi Warrior vehicle. Between 11am and 5pm Thursday 12th April. 0326 12/04/2018

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • 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:-

  1. Alcester South –      Patrols to deter residential and business burglaries.
  2. Bidford Area –          Patrols to deter and deal with ASB use of motor vehicles.
  3. 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.

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/3306/Team-Priorities

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.

General advice

  • 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.

Alcester South SNT Update

Burglary Prevention

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

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.

www.securedbydesign.com

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