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Vehicle Break-ins

Vehicle break-ins have been ocurring in Whittlesey. The latest report on vehicle crime is that on Wednesday 3rd August, during the afternoon in Daws Drove, Whittlesey, a white Vauxhall Vivaro had power tools stolen from the back of the van.

If you would like to see how safe your area is try Park Smart  to see a map of where vehicle crime has occured.  Its interesting to compare Whittlesey with other areas!  You might like to read our article on Crime in Whittlesey which looks at patterns of reported crime over the past few years. You will notice that peaks in the number of vehicle related offences are not uncommon but it is re-assuring to see that normally levels return to a relatively low rate. As an example in April 2017 there were 15 vehicle related crimes but by May 2017 this had dropped to 4.

How we make our vehicle contents safer?

Here are some tips

When parking at home, use your garage if you have one or park on a well lit driveway or hard standing, rather than in the street.  If you live in a block of flats you will have to make use of the parking facilities provided and if these are not secure enough you and your neighbours will need to approach the landlord or managing agent to ask for improvements.

When parking away from home try to park in a place that is well lit and overlooked.  When using a public car park try to use one that is supervised or a Park Mark® Safer Parking Facility.  These have been vetted by the police and have measures in place to create a safer environment for you and your vehicle.  Plan ahead and follow this link to search for a Park Mark® Safer Parking Facility

Always close the windows and sunroof and lock the doors and set the immobiliser and alarm before leaving the vehicle, even for a minute, such as when paying for petrol at a service station

Lock the doors and boot before you drive away to reduce the chances of snatch theft and robbery when stopped (especially at traffic lights) or in slow moving traffic. Modern vehicles have auto-locking doors and you can sometimes hear the locks 'click' in place when you get to 3 - 5mph.

Although you will be breaking the law if you are using a mobile phone in your hand whilst driving a motor vehicle, you and your passengers who might be using them should be particularly aware of snatch theft and robbery when in crawling traffic or stopped at traffic light

Take extra care if you are driving a convertible vehicle with the roof down.  Consider raising the windows when stationary or in slow traffic and keep the doors and boot locked

As always if you see anything suspicious please report this to the police on the 101 phone number.

Rogue Trading Targetting the Elderly

We have had a very nasty scam in Cambridgeshire recently. Police are urging residents to be vigilant following a spate of rogue trading targeting elderly people. The offender has been offering to do gardening work at a reasonable price for elderly victims. However, he asks them to pay up front to cover the cost of tools and then doesn't complete the agreed work. In St Ives £100 and £450 has been taken in two separate incidents and in Huntingdon £750 has been taken. He is described as white, 5'7-8", aged in his early 40s, with short dark receding hair. 

If you or your neighbours have experienced this please report to the police on the 101 phone number. 

Recycling Centre Burglary

Location :  Household Waste And Recycling Centre, New Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1SZ

Date/ Time : 19/06/2017 17:15 - 20/06/2017 07:10

Offender(s) have gained entry into the recycling centre and forced the padlock on a metal container. They have stolen items stored inside. 

 

Distraction Burglaries

Distraction Burglary

There have been some distraction burglaries in Cambridge and Peterborough recently. Whilst this is not an unusual crime, in Cambridge, the offenders were knocking on the door and saying that they were from Neighbourhood Watch and/or the police. The police and utility company method operandi is not unusual, but claiming to be from Neighbourhood Watch is. 

You should not open the door to strangers. Use a door chain, or speak via a window, ask for id and to call the number on their bill,.

If you are unsure contact the police on the non emergency number 101.

Police officers will always have identification on them and will be happy to wait whilst the police service centre is called to confirm identification.