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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/ophawksbury/

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 https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/burglary-conspiracy-jail-Norwich 

 

 

 

Local Policing Review

Today (Thursday 23 November) I have announced proposed plans to create a sustainable policing model that includes an extra 50 police officers for the county.

I want to involve the public and our partners in this process and will be providing regular updates on our proposals and their impact. We will listen carefully to any concerns and ensure we take that feedback on board ahead of any final decisions on the force’s structure. The purpose of the review is to create a sustainable policing model that enables us to manage our demand effectively and ultimately improve the service the public receives.

 

Read more: Local Policing Review

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. 

 

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What is eCops?
eCops is the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

You can register with eCops, then you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively. 

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county. 

So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?