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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

The police are releasing photographs of thousands of items of property recovered as part of an investigation into a prolific crime gang. They hope to reunite the items, which are believed to have come from crimes in Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties between 9 December 2016 and 9 January 2018, with their rightful owners.

Last month, the gang members were sentenced to a total of 71 years in jail. They had committed more than 200 burglaries, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2 million pounds. Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight. They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts. Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire. The images can be viewed here

Those who believe an item belongs to them should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their name, date and address of offence, crime number, exhibit number/album-photo ref of property, contact details, including email address, and any receipts/proof of purchase or photographs of items.

For more on the sentencing of the crime gang visit our website here 




Safety Advice for Darker Nights

It’s now darker earlier. Check out our winter burglary crime prevention advice here ....

After the clocks go back we start thinking about the darker night’s drawing in. Traditionally there is a rise in burglaries in the winter period, especially during the run up to Christmas and it is sensible to think about your home security.

You can reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary by following four simple steps:

  1. Leave a light on inside your home when you are absent, preferably using a low energy bulb.
  2. Use a timer switch to activate lights as it gets dark, alternating the times they are illuminated to give the impression of someone being at home.
  3. Make sure your front door is well lit using dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.
  4. Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.

In addition, we would advise you to take these security tips:

  • Register valuable items with a serial number at and add a photograph.
  • Do not leave your car keys, handbags, wallets or mobile phones near doors, letterboxes or windows.
  • Never leave keys in the door if you have a cat flap or letter box.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight. Burglars will be looking through windows for items of value.
  • Install a visible burglar alarm with a box on the front and rear of your property.
  • Keep gates and sheds locked.
  • Store your wheelie bins behind secure side gates to prevent them being used as climbing aids.
  • Increase the height of your back or side fencing by adding diamond style trellis topping which is difficult to climb.
  • Plant spiky plants in vulnerable areas.
  • Think about getting a driveway alarm – this is a cheap and effective deterrent which can be switched on at night when you go to bed to protect against anyone entering your drive or garden.
  • If you are lucky enough to be going away on holiday, do not post your holiday plans or movements on social-networking sites.
  • Subscribe to your local Neighbourhood Watch

Kind regards
Julie Bailey Crime Prevention and Community Safety Officer Fenland.