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key in lockSecurity advice following burglaries


Since the middle of October, more than 10 burglaries have been reported across Ipswich. Offenders have forced their way in at the rear of the properties and then stolen cash and jewellery, largely from bedrooms.

Please take a few moments to review your home security and that of any elderly family or neighbours to reduce the risk of being victim to this distressing crime.

You can access our self-assessment tool but a few key points you may wish to consider are listed here.

· Restrict access to the rear of the property with fences at least 6ft (1.8m) high and a locked gate of the same height.

· Remove any tools or items such as bricks that could used to force entry to doors or windows.

· If you have a Ringdoor bell or other CCTV device, check it is working and if possible, recording images (a subscription may be required for this).

· Use lights on timers.

· Avoid storing valuable items in the (master) bedroom, especially in places such as the bottom of a wardrobe, chest of drawers or under the bed.

To report a crime please use the following methods -

Website - Report a crime here

Phone - Call 101

How to contact your local policing teams

PC Simon Green is our Community Engagement Officer.

He has contacted us to highlight the various means of communication now available to the public when you want to contact your local officers and the ways in which your Safer Neighbourhood Team engages.

He writes: "If you need to report something, the easiest and quickest way is to do use the on-line reporting tool from the Suffolk Constabulary website here Suffolk Police - Report Something.

If you need to report a historic crime (after the event), use this link Suffolk Police - Report Crime.

To report a crime being committed or in an emergency, always dial 999.

These on-line reporting tools produce the same result as the reporting person dialling the non-emergency telephone number 101, but without the wait associated with the telephone method. The person will receive an investigation reference via e-mail, often within an hour of sending the report. For those with no internet access, it may save time to ask a friend or family member who does, to report on their behalf, as queues on the 101 system can be excessive due to demand.

If you wish to contact an officer or PCSO in the Halesworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, the e-mail address is Halesworth.snt@suffolk.police.uk. Please do not use this to report crime, which should be reported using the methods mentioned above. This is important because reports of crime and the other issues listed on the “Report Something” webpage need to be correctly triaged and dispatched. By not following the correct procedure, this process is by-passed and reports may sit in an e-mail queue un-dispatched.

An example of when to use the SNT e-mail address might be when you would like to speak with somebody for advice.

My e-mail address as your Community Engagement Officer is CEOhalesworth@suffolk.police.uk. I can be contacted for advice too.

If you’d like me to address a community group to speak about policing or policing issues or any other engagement activity, please use my email as above. I am also your first point of contact for Community Speed Watch and for requests to attend schools to address pupils and discuss policing. If you’d like me to hold a Street Meet engagement in your community using our mobile police station. Let me know.

Part of my role also covers posting to our social media pages, Halesworth Police Facebook, Halesworth Police Twitter and Suffolk Police Instagram, so the messaging facilities provided by these platforms can be used to contact me too.

The locality Inspector, Insp G King can be contacted via gary.king@suffolk.police.uk

Suffolk Police now has a new e-mail address for the public to provide intelligence information intelligencereporting@suffolk.police.uk. An example of the use of this might be if you’d like to let us know about suspected drug dealing or other possible or suspected criminality. Notice I’ve used the term “suspected”. If you’re sure a crime has occurred, contact us on-line or via 999.

Suffolk Police offers a free e-mailing facility called ‘Police Connect’ which provides up to date information we would like you to know about in the area you live. We use Police Connect to provide information about crime in the area of Suffolk you tell us you want to know about. It helps keep you up to date with how we police in your community. Please subscribe here & encourage others to do the same."

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Suffolk Constabulary is warning pet owners to take extra care after seeing a number of dog thefts this year. Sergeant Brian Calver said: "Organised crime groups are actively targeting addresses, with working breeds tending to be those that are favoured by criminals. "The loss of any pet can be devastating to owners, with the added trauma of not knowing what sort of conditions the dog is being subjected to. We would advise dog owners to review security of any outdoor kennels.” 

There have been 12 confirmed cases where dogs have been stolen within the county in 2020, and Sgt Calver said all bar one of the incidents involved the theft of dogs that would be classed as working gun breeds. 

Security measures to prevent thefts include good quality locks and lighting, while consideration should be given to CCTV and sensors as these offer an early alert to the presence of intruders.  

Gardens should be well secured with fencing or hedges, while gates should be kept locked.  

Owners are advised not to leave dogs out in open gardens and yards when they are not at home and, if possible, they should be brought into the house overnight.  

Ensure your dog is chipped and, if neutered, mark the dog’s tag as such as this makes them less attractive to thieves that may want to steal them for breeding. When out walking, if you let your dog off the lead, don’t allow it to leave your sight. 

Sgt Calver also advised dog owners to ensure they were not giving away personal details online. He said: "Consider your security on social media and avoid giving away details that may highlight your address and the fact you have a dog which could be attractive to thieves. We would encourage you to be vigilant of suspicious persons seen around addresses, or any cold callers. Please report such activity, with descriptions of the individuals and their vehicles, as well as sharing those concerns on local watch groups.” 

Sgt Calver also urged owners of other pets to be wary of thieves, saying birds had been stolen too. 

Anybody with any information regarding the theft of dogs or other pets is encouraged to contact Suffolk police via: 

Website: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

or

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

or

Phone – call 101 

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999. 

General crime prevention advice can be found by visiting www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

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Click here for the most recent newsletter from Suffolk Constabulary

Police are urging members of the public to consider installing extra crime prevention measures such as CCTV, security lighting and doorbell cameras as a way to help make their properties more secure. See below

Visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/home-safety for further home security advice.

Phone: Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Phone – Call 101

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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