RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage to livestock in Toll Bar, Little Casterton. Lamb savaged by unknown animal, possibly a dog. This incident occurred sometime overnight on 05/09/2018.
One report of theft from a secured vehicle in Main St, Empingham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry and taken property. This incident occurred between 05/09/2018 08:08 & 05/09/2018 08:15.
One report of a burglary residential to an unoccupied dwelling in Langham Lane, Burley. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by smashing a side window and taken property. This incident occurred between 04/09/2018 17:00 & 05/09/2018 12:15.
Beat Surgery at St Nicholas Church, Thistleton on 15th September between 10:30 & 11:30.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 5th October between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at the Buttercross, Oakham on 6th October between 11:00 & 12:00.
Beat Surgery at Whissendine Store, Main St on 12th October between 17:30 & 18:45.
Leave – I will be absent on leave between 07/09/2018 & 21/09/2018. The desk will be covered by local PCSOs. The next NHW Brief will be sent out on 24/09/2018.
Vehicle Crime - Leicestershire Police is warning local van owners to be vigilant after a recent increase in tool theft from vans. Van owners are being urged to follow these simple steps to prevent them from becoming a victim:
If you are staying in a hotel, where possible remove your tools from your van and keep them in your room overnight
Don't assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended
If you have a garage, use it. If your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these apply, try to park in well lit areas
Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage when tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle
Consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you
Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed
Lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use
Visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so - the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent
Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at www.immobilise.com. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered
Consider the use of security patrols around building sites
Keep the access to building sites secure – fences and gates help prevent unauthorised entry
If you have any suspicious visitors on your site please call the Police non emergency number 101.
Tools are extremely valuable possessions and when stolen, can impact hugely on small businesses. Leicestershire Police would like to remind all van owners to remove their tools from the vehicle when it is left unattended for long periods of time and overnight.
Anyone with information about vehicle crime in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland is urged to call Leicestershire Police. We rely on information from members of the public in order to crack down effectively on this type of crime. If anyone is offered tools for sale in suspicious circumstances they should contact us on 101. Alternatively, they can call independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.