9 April 2012

Coltishall and Aylsham neighbourhood crime summary February to March

Coltishall and Aylsham neighbourhood crime summary 24 February – 2 March 2012 can be viewed at the  Link

9 March 2012

Coltishall and Aylsham neighbourhood Weekly crime summary 2 March to 9 March

Coltishall and Aylsham neighbourhood Weekly crime summary 24 February – 2 March 2012 can be viewed at the  Link  .  There were 3 reported crimes in Coltishall.

3 March 2012

Coltishall and Aylsham neighbourhood Weekly crime summary 24 February – 2 March 2012

Coltishall and Aylsham neighbourhood Weekly crime summary 24 February – 2 March 2012 can be viewed at the Link  , two crimes were reported in Coltishall.

18 February 2012

Coltishall and Aylsham Weekly Crime Summarys

Coltishall and Aylsham Weekly Crime Summary for February 10 to February 17 is at the Link

10 February 2012

Police in Broadland are urging householders to be vigilant following a number of burglaries at properties which have been left unlocked.

Over the past few weeks addresses in Lingwood, Rackheath and Sprowston have been targeted.

One incident took place between 12 noon and 12.15pm on Thursday 5 January 2012 at an address in Coughtrey Close, Sprowston, when an intruder entered the property and stole a laptop from the lounge area while the occupant was in another room. The front door had been left unlocked.

Sometime between 6.30pm and 7pm on Friday 27 January 2012 unknown person/s entered a property in Station Road, Lingwood, and stole an Acer Extensa laptop. The property had again been left insecure.

Officers are also reminding residents to ensure their vehicles are kept locked and secure after an incident in Lonsdale Road, Rackheath during the early hours of this morning Thursday 9 February 2012.

At around 2.30am unknown person/s stole a Tom Tom Sat Nav device from a black Renault Megane parked in the driveway. The vehicle had been left unlocked.

Inspector Dave Cuff, of Norfolk Constabulary, said: "We are investigating these offences but I would urge residents to take responsibility for securing their own property to prevent this type of offence from occurring.

"It only takes opportunist thieves a few seconds to peer into a vehicle or into your living room and be tempted to steal if expensive items are left on display. The easiest way to keep your belongings and gifts secure is to lock your car and house securely.

"Think carefully about what’s on display too, as even a coat left on the back seat of a car, or a handbag left in your hallway can be tempting to thieves."

Insp Cuff added: “If valuable items are left on display thieves have the opportunity to pick and choose which vehicle/s they break into.  If the vehicle is left insecure their choice is made even easier."

Opportunist thieves are often on the look out for personal property left within easy reach of open windows and unlocked doors.  

To deter 'walk-in' thieves and help secure your home, Norfolk Constabulary advises householders to:

-       Keep doors and windows shut and locked where possible, especially if the room/home is not occupied

-       Lock your doors if you're spending time outside and out of view of your home

-       Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors and locks to all downstairs windows or windows which are easy to reach. 

-       Fit and use window locks on all accessible windows – both upstairs and downstairs. 

-       Keep your house and car keys safe and away from doors and windows 

Norfolk constabulary offers the following advice to motorists:

 •         Always lock your vehicles and make sure that windows are fully closed

 •         Don’t leave items on display, and remove equipment and tools from your vehicle overnight - marking on your vehicle ‘no tools left in vehicle overnight’

 •         Property mark tools and equipment with your house name/number and postcode. 

 •         Use an immobiliser and fit an alarm to the vehicle. 

 •         Ensure the vehicle is fitted with a robust lock.

 •         Park in a garage, on a driveway or in a well lit area at night.

Anyone with information relating to any of the incidents should contact Insp Dave Cuff at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

10 February 2012

Warning following telephone scams

Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk County Council Trading Standards are urging residents to be alert for a number of telephone scams in which callers try to get you to hand over cash with the promise of a larger sum to follow when they have received it.   In the latest incidents, telephone calls have been received asking the recipient to purchase a Ukash voucher to claim a lottery win, an award from a credit agency or money from the Ministry of Justice.

Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk County Council Trading Standards are reminding residents NEVER to respond to anything which demands you hand over cash before reclaiming funds.   Genuine refunds will be automatically delivered without you having to pay anything and you should never respond to demands for money to be sent in this way.   Norfolk Trading Standards is taking part in Scams Awareness Month during February 2012, and is running a number of surgeries for members of the public to receive guidance on how they can avoid scams. Regular scam alerts and advice are also available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/scams .

Residents unable to attend a Scams Surgery can also get further advice from their local Citizens Advice Bureau or call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

10 February 2012

Coltishall and  Aylsham neighbourhood  Weekly crime summary 27 January – 3 February 2012

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21 January 2012

Coltishall / Aylsham neighbourhood  Weekly crime summary

The following is a local policing update for the Aylsham neighbourhood  -  Weekly crime summary 13-20 January 2012  Link

18 January 2012

Norfolk Home Watch.

Weekly policing summary introduced
Following a recent review of community messaging, Norfolk Constabulary is this week introducing a new weekly neighbourhood policing update on a trial basis.

From Monday 16 January, Home Watch members, Parish Councils and people signed up to receive updates from their Safer Neighbourhood Team via the Constabulary’s Police Direct service will receive an e-mail and/or voicemail summary of policing issues in their neighbourhood.

The update will contain a summary of the week’s reported crimes by policing neighbourhood and, where appropriate, a message from your district policing commander and an outline of any anti-social behaviour issues locally. It is important to note that the crime summary will only include crimes deemed fit for public dissemination and will not include those which may impact on a person’s right to privacy or breach Data Protection laws.

The new way of working is in response to a recent downsizing of the force’s Corporate Communications department as a result of the financial challenge and, more specifically, the reduction in number of Local News Officers, who previously delivered this service. We’d like to thank you for you patience during this transition period.

The first round of weekly updates will be issued over the course of the next few days. If, after receiving your summary, you have any comments or feedback please e-mail masonr@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Broadland Weekly Crime Summary dated 21 October 2011

The following is a Home Watch message for the Broadland district
Police are urging householders to take extra security measures following a number of burglaries in the Broadland district.
Homeowners are urged to keep doors and windows locked wherever possible and report suspicious activity to police using the non-emergency number 101.
Police continue to investigate the following incidents:
Drayton – between 5.15pm and 6.40pm on Thursday 20 October, offenders gained entry to a property on Low Road and stole a wallet, a games console, a laptop and a mobile phone.
Drayton – offenders forced open the rear patio door of a property on Drayton High Road sometime between October 11 and 17 and stole a valuable brass carriage clock from inside
Sprowston – between 9.30am and 8.30pm Friday 14 October suspects broke into a property on Windsor Park Gardens, carried out an untidy search and stole a large amount of jewellery including rings and watches, a Canon camera and Acer laptop.
Upton – suspects broke into a property in Westfield between 4.30pm and 9.35pm on Sunday 16 October and stole costume jewellery. Thieves fled the scene after being disturbed by the householder returning home.
For crime prevention advice and the latest news from your neighbourhood visit www.norfolk.police.uk.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team callthe non-emergency number 101– in an emergency always dial 999.

Broadland Weekly Crime Summary dated 7 October 2011

The following is a Home Watch message for the Broadland district

 Crimes of note:
Burglary (dwelling):
Drayton – suspect(s) broke into a property on Highfield Road between 5:30pm and 9:20pm on Friday 30 September and stole a number of items including a laptop and jewellery. A silver car containing two men and a woman was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident.
Between 3.10pm on Friday 30 September and 3.10am on Saturday 1 October suspect(s) broke into a house on Cator Road by smashing windows in the conservatory. Untidy search carried out – jewellery and mobile phones stolen.
Burglary (non-dwelling):
Great Witchingham – between 3pm on September 28 and 6am on October 3 suspect(s) have broken into a small office out building in Hall Road by smashing a window and a washing machine, overalls and cleaning products were stolen from inside.
Thorpe St Andrew – two garages were broken into between September 28 and October 2 in Common Lane and tools were stolen from inside.
Suspect(s) broke into Harvey Lane Garage between 12.45am and 2.15am on Monday 3 October by forcing the front sliding door. A large amount of tools, heavy MAG tool chests, and about £100 in cash was stolen from inside the building. Thieves then stole a blue Peugeot 206 estate and reversed it through a closed wooden garage door which police believe would have caused significant damage to the rear of the vehicle. Suspect(s) then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle. Damage has also been caused to other vehicles inside the garage during the incident.
Criminal damage:
Brundall – wings mirrors were knocked off a Skoda Fabia parked on Lackford Close between 7.30pm and 9.45pm on Saturday 1 October.
For crime prevention advice and the latest news from your neighbourhood visit www.norfolk.police.uk.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 0845 456 4567 – in an emergency always dial 999.

The following is a Home Watch message for the Broadland district
Residents living in rural communities are encouraged to be on their guard and report any suspicious activity.

The call follows a number of recent incidents in Reepham and Aylsham areas where out buildings and vehicles in isolated locations have been targeted

Police are advising people living in rural communities to:

•        Always lock doors and close windows when you go out, even if you’ll only be out for a short-time.

•        Move valuable items in your garden, farm or shed to a secure location where possible.

•        Mark your belongings with a property marking product.

•        Report suspicious vehicles or any person acting suspiciously to the police, in an emergency call 999 or in a non-emergency call 0845 456 4567. 

Heating oil security

Police are encouraging homeowners who have heating oil tanks to be aware of the latest security advice as the winter months and colder weather approaches.

The winter months generally see an increase in thefts of heating oil thefts and residents can take simple steps to help avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Norfolk Constabulary offers the following advice:

•        Position your oil tank to allow maximum view from your property – this may discourage passing thieves.

•        Use control switches to stop the flow of oil when the tank is not in use.

•        Use good quality padlocks, close shackle are often best, to secure your tank.

•        Buy an oil level gauge which will sound an alarm if the oil level in your tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full.

•        Use security lights to make the property a less attractive target for thieves.

•        Defensive planting helps reduce crime – thieves don’t want to force their way through or over a prickly hedge.

•        Additional security; a wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can offer additional protection, although the tank must be accessible for the oil tanker driver.

For further crime prevention advice and the latest news from your neighbourhood visit www.norfolk.police.uk.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 0845 456 4567 – in an emergency always dial 999.

Crime/information update for your area from 22nd February to 1st March 2010

Hall Road, Hainford - rear kitchen window was forced of a house, entry gained, an untidy search made, property stolen.

Keyes Drive, Wroxham - lock on garage door picked, only a motorcycle helmet stolen.

Norwich Road, Buxton - tyres of Landrover slashed

Marsham Road -  between Saturday  13th and Sunday 21st February, approximately 40 bags, (equivalent to approx 40 tonne) of aluminium scrap pressings we taken from an insecure outbuilding.

Glebe Way,  Horstead - overnight on Tuesday 23rd February, a blue Ford Focus was stolen  from outside a house in Glebe Way.  The vehicle was later found abandoned after being involved in a collision on Bilney Lane in Felthorpe at about 11.50pm on 23rd February, and the only vehicle involved.

Any information regarding this incident or the theft at Marsham Road,  please contact Pc Mark Timmins at Aylsham Police Station.

If you have any information regarding any of these incidents please contact Norfolk Constabulary on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Don't let rogue traders take away your waste - it could put you in the dock !

19 February 2010

All Parish Councils have been contacted by Broadlands District Council following a recent rise in the incidence of doorstep crime.
In 2006 a new law came into force which now means that householders can no longer give waste at their properties to just anybody. The reason the law changed was to prevent rogue traders calling at dwellings offering to remove rubbish for cash and later fly tipping it. Despite this change however, fly tipping continues and it is the house holder who usually falls foul of the law and not the fly tipper, as they often cannot be traced. In the last three years the Council has taken legal action against nine householders  who showed wilful disregard resulting in two prosecutions.
So how do you protect yourself against these rogue traders? the answer is straightforward. There are only two groups of people who can legally take waste from your property, that is your Council's refuse collectors or any person authorised by the Environment Agency. Any person authorised by the Environment Agency will have a  Waste Carrier Certificate and you should ask to see this before letting them take your waste.
The following scenario is the most common according to our experience and as long as you follow the advice you should be covered legally.
You have a pile of waste visible at your property, perhaps from DIY, household refuse or garden waste. A person drives by, notices this, and knocks on your door. They offer to remove it for £50. What should you do?
1. Ask to see a copy of their Waste Carrier Certificate   
2. Ask for a receipt containing their business name, address & telephone number.
A simple name and mobile telephone number alone is not sufficient and you should avoid using any person reluctant to provide full details of their business. If you are satisfied that they are bona fide then you have probably done enough. If you are unsure then you can check to see whether they are authorised by contacting the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506. For any general queries about the law then please contact Broadlands District Council on 01603 430534. Please keep a copy of these numbers for future reference.
Please help us put these rogue traders out of business and keep our district free from fly tipping.
Thank you
The Pollution Team
Broadlands District Council