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Burglars Love Hot Weather

Burglary with open doors

Members of the public are being urged to keep their windows and doors secure following a number of opportunistic burglaries across the county.

In recent weeks we have seen temperatures reach the highest on record for many years which means many of us are doing all we can to keep ourselves and our homes as cool as possible.

Unfortunately some criminals take advantage of this and steal from homes where they see an opportunity through an open door or window.

Officers will be on the lookout for homes which have been left vulnerable while they are out and about, however members of the public are being asked to help us reduce the number of opportunistic burglaries and keep doors and windows closed where possible.

Detective Sergeant Mark Plitsch said: “We understand the need to open up doors and windows in this very hot weather, however we need residents to do their bit by making it more difficult for burglars and also report any suspicious activity. Our advice is to keep doors and windows closed if you are not in that room and make sure you close and lock them when you leave the house. All it takes is a few seconds for a burglar to reach inside an open window and take a set of car keys for example, or enter your home through an open patio door while you’re upstairs. Particularly through the night, make sure all ground-level doors and windows are closed and locked."

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If you are a victim of burglary,  the impact is not just financial it can affect your emotional well-being and your sense of security. The first thing to remember is that it’s normal to feel upset about a burglary in your home. You may experience the emotional after-effects for a few days, a few weeks or longer – or they may come in waves. Try to remember that it takes time to get over something like burglary, but that you should try to avoid dwelling on it as much as possible. What you’re feeling is normal, and if you look after yourself, you will feel better. 

What should you do?

If you see a burglary happening, or has just happened and the offenders are still in the area, call 999. The police will attend straight away.

If you find a burglary has happened when you come home you can use report online or call 101.  The police will then attend as soon as they can.

A crime report will be created and you will be given a crime reference number.  

Further information from the police is available on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary  Website.

More Help and Advice

There are a number of organistions that can give you help and advice on what to do and also to offer you support. 

  • Victim Support are a very good source of help and information  - their burglary section is here and their leaflet can be downloaded here
  • The  Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme  will help secure your home. This is a free service for those aged 60 and over. 
  • A helpful list of things to do can be found on the Police.uk site

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping Tips

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Christmas is a time for giving but it 

can also a time for taking!

 

 

 

Here are some tips for keeping safer when you are out doing the big Chrstmas shopping expedition.

snowflake Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating.
snowflake Keep valuables in the inside pockets of clothing or bags.
snowflake Only carry the cash and cards that you need. Always shield the PIN pad when entering your PIN.
snowflake Park in an open, well-lit area. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk to find accredited car parks.
snowflake Avoid going back to your car to leave your shopping part-way through your trip. If you have to keep presents in the car, make sure they are out of view in the boot, the car is locked, and keep the receipts with you.
snowflake Never leave your bag unattended on your trolley whilst shopping and don’t leave it in your vehicle when returning your trolley.
snowflake Deter pickpockets and muggers. Don't overburden yourself with bags/packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Always carry a purse close to your body and not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket, likewise with your phone and keys.
snowflake Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and never leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children, in case you get separated.
snowflake Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you've got bags or presents in the car.

 

 

How to prevent theft

It’s never nice to feel vulnerable, and theft is a crime that sadly occurs all too often. Sometimes referred to as ‘Theft from the person,’ this article looks at ways to keep you safe from theft and attempted theft.

Usually involving no physical violence, there are two types of theft most commonly associated with targeting an individual:

  • Snatch theft - Taking a bag cleanly from a shoulder is an example of this. Force may be used, but not against a person.
  • Stealth theft (e.g. pickpocketing) - Where no force is used and the victim is unaware of the incident.

Stealth theft makes up around 70-80% of theft incidents.

Tips to reduce the risk of theft

There are steps you can take to help prevent theft from happening and to help you recover your stolen items.

Here are a few that could be helpful:

Be aware

  • Keep bags fastened and out of view.
  • Only take out what is necessary when going out at night.
  • Avoid listening to music on headphones whilst walking home at night alone. Keep to well-lit, busy areas.
  • Make sure no one is loitering too close when using a cash machine.
  • Avoid distractions when removing your card and cash from the machine.
  • After withdrawing cash, walk away and don’t count your money until it’s safe to do so.

Look after your belongings

  • Mark belongings using a UV pen or other marking system.
  • Never leave your bag, mobile, tablet or laptop unattended in public view, even if you are going to the toilet.
  • Do not keep all your valuables in one place. Instead place items such as wallets and mobile phones in inside pockets.

Protect your mobile

  • Avoid talking on your mobile whilst walking home at night alone and keep to well-lit, busy areas.
  • Be careful when using it outside train and bus stations which are popular venues for theft, often by motorcycle or moped.
  • Keep it hidden from view, not in your back pocket.
  • Make a note of your personal IMEI number (type *#06# on your phone's keypad to get it). If you have the IMEI number you can block your phone being used if it is stolen.
  • Download a phone tracking application.

 

Content source: Theft - Information pack for partners (July 2013), published by the Home Office.

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A Meerkat is always careful.

Meerkats work together to keep themselves safe. When a deadly puff adder attacked a burrow the meerkats helped each other and carried all their babies to safety.


 When they want to be safe, meerkats go to their burrow.

 Like the meerkat you can learn to be watchful and help to keep yourself safe. Meerkats teach us not to let our guard down and work together to keep our community safe from dangers.

We do not live in the wild, but we do have to know about the world around us because sometimes other people, or things we do, can be unsafe. 

The Meerkat pages will help you to find out how you can help yourself and your friends to stay safe.