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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

For further home security advice, visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/home-safety

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

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 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

Rural Crime Week report

The National Rural Crime Week, (6-13 October) saw Suffolk Police undertake a wide range of successful preventive, enforcement and reassurance action, highlighting how crime can uniquely impact those that live and work in the countryside.
 
Proactive patrols targeting hare-coursers at known hotspots took place throughout the week. A number were identified in the Honington area who then made off from police. Offenders abandoned their vehicle which was then seized by officers. 
 
Police also worked with landowners and farmers to offer crime prevention advice to secure land from being accessed by offenders. In addition, a meeting was arranged with the Breckland Deer Group to share information and to continue to work together to combat deer poaching. Officers also conducted two nights of proactive action against poaching using both thermal and night vision equipment.
 
To raise awareness of domestic abuse and associated vulnerability in rural areas, officers visited over 55 shops, pubs and other community facilities. There was a high level of engagement in raising this important subject and discussions as to how we can work together to tackle it moving forward took place. New posters highlighting the issue were put up in all locations. In addition most premises also accepted campaign posters about heritage crime, including theft of lead theft from churches.
 
Offenders using the road network were targeted in a multi-agency day of action at Red Lodge on 9 October in which 40 vehicles were checked. The aim was to underline the Constabulary’s determination to disrupt and frustrate the activities of criminals, including organised crime groups, who commit offences across county borders whilst using the road network. 
 
 Vehicles identified as being potentially involved in criminality were brought back to a check site at Newmarket Road, Worlington, where police and partner agencies conducted checks of the vehicles and occupants.
 
The operation was carried-out by the Roads and Armed Policing Team, Rural Crime officers and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
 
Partner agencies present included the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Immigration Enforcement, National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and West Suffolk Council licensing. 40 vehicles were escorted back to the site, with just three leaving clear of any offences.
 
A 27-year-old man from Beck Row was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, possession of cannabis and burglary offences. He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning but has now been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.
 
35 Traffic Offence Reports were issued as follows: five for number plate offences; four for no MOT; three for having no motor insurance; eight for not wearing a seatbelt; two for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; five for vehicle in a dangerous condition; ten for registration plates; two for tinted windows (over the prescribed level); one for glass not prescribed and one for a lorry that was overweight.
 
Three vehicles were seized for document offences.
 
HMRC dipped 23 fuel tanks, three of which contained red diesel. Each driver was fined £540.

The DVSA issued 12 immediate prohibitions, taking those vehicles off the road straight away; 17 delayed prohibitions; and 57 advisory notices.
 
The DVLA recovered £760 in fines including for wheel clamping and warning letters etc. West Suffolk Council Licensing will follow up with six vehicles that were carrying scrap metal.
 
Road safety in rural locations was highlighted during the week of action across the county. Speed enforcement teams including targeted motorists on rural roads and on one day detected 151 speeding offences.
 
Sgt Brian Calver said, "This successful week of action in rural areas demonstrates the effectiveness of police working with partners and co-ordinating action cross-border. Using a range of preventive, enforcement and reassurance measures makes a positive difference to those that live, work and travel in our countryside.
 
"Rural crime covers a wide range of issues including wildlife crime, domestic abuse, incidents involving firearms, theft, and arson etc.  We recognise that people living in remote areas may feel particularly vulnerable because of their isolation and are working to reduce the chances of individuals and landowners becoming victims, whilst taking robust enforcement action against offenders. We continue to work hard to meet the needs of our rural communities across Suffolk, keeping people safe and property protected.”

 

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People in the area have received telephone calls and text messages from people who are making out they are from HMRC, it would appear that these have turned out to be scams.

In the web link below HMRC explains the type of scams people are receiving along with their advice on how to deal with them if you are unfortunate to receive one.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples/phishing-emails-and-bogus-contact-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples

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Safe Riding Scheme

Police are issuing a reminder to motorcyclists across Suffolk that they have the opportunity to improve their riding skills and to have better awareness and ability while on the road at ‘Safe Rider’ motorcycle workshops, which begin next month. 

Safe Rider is a joint initiative between Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle casualties across the counties.  

Last year 18 people were killed on Suffolk’s roads, three of which were motorcyclists. To date in 2019, four people have died on the county’s roads, none of which were motorcyclists. 

The two-day workshops will run from April through to October, the months when it is considered the number of motorcyclists taking to the roads increases due to more clement weather. 

They are aimed at all fully qualified riders who want to improve their skills to become better and safer riders. 

In an effort to encourage more riders under the age of 25 to take the course, they will be able to attend for half price (£25) which will be funded by the Safe Rider scheme. For more details, go to Suffolk Police webpage listed above.

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

Members of the public are being urged to increase their vigilance around home and vehicle security this autumn.

This reminder comes following a number of break-ins reported in the west and south of the county over the last month.

Dark evenings can provide the perfect cover for burglars but by carrying out a few simple crime prevention steps, householders and motorists can thwart opportunist criminals.

The force recently launched a new crime prevention initiative, known as 1st Principle, which highlights that simple, inexpensive measures can easily be undertaken by anyone in the community.

As part of the initiative, an online suite of bespoke, easy to follow crime prevention documents are available to view and download on the constabulary’s website for free. Visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

LOCK

• Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
• Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
• Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
• Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
• Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
• Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.

LIGHT

• Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
• ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
• Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
•You could also consider installing a doorbell camera in order to potentially film an opportunist burglar in action. 
• Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.

HIDE

• Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
• Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
• Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
• Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
• Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.

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UK THREAT LEVEL 

The UK threat levels remain unchanged at SEVERE for police and the UK generally, meaning an attack is highly likely but not imminently expected and officers locally will be conducting increased, highly visible patrols, to provide reassurance and confidence.  

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: "Here in Suffolk we continue to keep policing under review in view of national events and, while the county remains safe, we need to come together to show those who would create fear and division that we stand as one against such attacks.

"Extremists present a significant challenge for the police, security and intelligence services and our communities’ support is paramount in helping us deal with this challenge. I would urge everyone to report anything they believe to be suspicious behaviour, and to continue to be alert but not alarmed.

"The threat level and our response are constantly under review. If we feel it necessary to deploy specially trained officers again in the coming weeks we will, while maintaining a police presence in our communities and at key events.

"I would continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert — if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.”  

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.


 

This message is being broadcast on behalf of Suffolk Trading Standards

We've had many reports of traders going door to door across the County offering to sell chainsaws and generators. Reports have been received in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Beccles.

Please be especially cautious of any individual who approaches you and offers to sell you something at a incredibly reduced price.  

Trust your instincts — If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Anyone who is offered goods for sale out the back of a van, by a person who approaches them in the street, or uninvited at the doorstep, should be highly suspicious. Goods sold in this way may be stolen, counterfeit, unsafe or simply overpriced.

Our advice is simply never to deal with traders in this way.

Anyone who is suspicious of goods offered for sale in this way should report the matter to Suffolk police by contacting the number 101, or by calling us via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 0