Police and Safer Neighbourhood Team

Your local Safer Neighbourhood Team is as follows:
Saxmundham & Framlingham Safer Neighbourhood
Contact Tel: 101
Email address: saxfram.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Officers are;
PC 1577 Stollery
PCSO 3044 Newson
PCSO 3070 Taylor

SAXMUNDHAM AND FRAMLINGHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTER

Crime Reduction Article from Crime Reduction Officer

With the clocks having recently gone forward, householders across Suffolk are being urged not to make it easy for potential thieves.

Officers are advising people to pay extra attention to home, bike and vehicle security with the onset of lighter nights – often seen as an opportunist time for this type of crime.

 Suffolk Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton; says: “Most thefts are carried out by opportunist criminals. The coming summer months can bring with them thieves on the look-out for lapses in security – such as doors and windows left open, bicycles poorly secured or property left on display at beauty spot car parks.

“People are advised to be aware and make use of simple crime prevention methods which deprive thieves of the opportunity to steal.”

Suffolk Constabulary offers the following advice to residents:

 Windows

Always lock your windows when you leave the house and when the fine weather arrives, do not leave ground floor windows open over the night time period.
Remove the keys and keep them in a safe place. However, everyone should know where the keys are kept so they can escape in an emergency.

Doors

Keep your front and back doors locked, or in view when you are at home.
Use or consider fitting a door chain and spy hole – a chain allows you to speak to the caller without opening the door fully and the spy hole also you to see who is at the door.
Fit five-lever mortice locks to all external doors. If you do not like locking your doors during the day, having a split spindled handle will ensure the outside door can only be opened via a key holder.
Check your cylinder locks on patio/plastic doors and ensure they are resistant to criminal damage – a local Master Locksmith can advise if you are not sure.

Keys

Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, burglars know all the usual hiding places.
Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window.
 
House Alarms
Monitored house alarms have become very reliable in recent years and are now very easy to operate, via a key fob similar to your car key. Alarms are a proven deterrent in reducing burglaries. An alarm can also be zoned so that it can keep be turned on and keep families safe at night, knowing that if an attempt is made to enter the property the alarm will alert the householders of any unauthorised presence.
Further security measures

In order to deter offenders it is always worthwhile to make it look like you are home when your property is empty. This can be achieved by radios left on a timer, as well as other devices such as fake television light boxes.

 Attention should also be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within. Make sure any side gates are also securely locked with good closed shackle padlocks. Bins should not be left out by entrances or access areas, to reduce the risk of an offender using them to climb over property.

 Parked cars – especially those left in remote areas such as beauty spots – should be left locked and secure with no property left on display and satellite navigation devices, car audio equipment, cameras, handbags and laptops should be removed from the vehicle entirely.

Bikes should always be left secure, using a sturdy lock covering the bike stand, wheel rim and frame together.

 People attending large scale events or out and about in busy areas should be mindful of thieves and keep handbags closed and mobile phones out of sight and kept securely on their person.

Chief Superintendent Brighton adds: “Suffolk is an extremely safe place to live and your chances of being a victim of such crimes still remain extremely low, but you should consider making your house look like someone is at home.” 

“With the weather improving, more of us will be out and about so please remember to keep your property secure and don’t become an easy target.”

“We would also encourage people to be a good neighbour – if anyone is spotted acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, call the police.”

For further information on crime reduction measures you can click on the following link for Suffolk Constabulary’s Community Safety web site: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/homesecurity.aspx  

Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area, or who witnesses something that seems suspicious, should contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

 Pension Scams

Pensions are changing. From April 2015, pension scheme members can access their pension savings in new ways. Pension scammers will try to lure members with promises of one-off investments, pension loans or upfront cash. Most of these are bogus.

Pension scam models are also changing. Many scammers are directing members to transfer into single member occupational schemes in an attempt to escape scrutiny.

The Government Pensions Regulator provides facts about pensions scams, and advice on how to ‘Scamproof your Savings’. To find out more please go to their website http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/pension-scams.aspx  

 

Please report any suspicious incidents to the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency, saying you are NHW.  Encourage your scheme members to report crimes as soon as possible. We need your community intelligence to help us tackle crime.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 088 555 111

 Suffolk Police Website Go to www.suffolk.police.uk

The website has current news, appeals and details of your Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).  You can also follow Suffolk Police on Facebook and Twitter

Saxmundham and Framlingham Safer Neighbourhood Team Information

To speak with an Officer with the above SNT ~ telephone 101 *

E-mail saxfram.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

 Safety Camera Information

Suffolk Police website, choose Safety Advice, choose Road Safety, choose Safecam or choose following link.

www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/roadsafety/safecam.aspx

New System for Non-emergency calls *

Callers who ring in on the non-emergency number will be prompted to make a number of choices so that their call can be directed accordingly, automatically filtering them to departments such as Custody and the Central Ticket Office.

The project will run in line with a number of initiatives being introduced as part of the Suffolk Change Programme, which looks at how police resources can be used in the most efficient and effective manner.

Chief Superintendent Martin Ransome said: “This is an exciting development in our re-design of the Constabulary’s Community Contact facilities.

“The automated system will allow us to use technology to help us manage calls more efficiently, whilst giving callers choices on how they would like their call to be handled.

“It is essential that we make the most of all our resources as we work to re-design our departments to deliver services for less.  This technology has the potential to realise savings and will let us better evaluate the demand that the non-emergency number faces.

“I would like to stress that callers to the organisation do not need to do anything differently.  Non-emergency calls should continue to be made by dialling 101 and emergency calls should be made by dialling 999.  Calls will continue to be answered quickly and members of the public will only be automatically diverted when they know the specific department they need.  They will still be able to speak to an operator if required.”

Introducing the system will involve minimal installation cost and training as the technology is already being used elsewhere within the organisation.

 In an emergency, or to report a crime in action, always dial 999.  Non-urgent calls to police should be made by dialling 101.

 Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association (SNWA)

The SNWA is the countywide organisation that works to link NHW schemes in Suffolk, and to provide a forum for members to meet and share knowledge and activities.

The SNWA also provides a variety of information, services and support.

To find out more visit its website www.suffolknwa.co.uk

Suffolk Police Community Safety

Phil Kemp, Crime Reduction Officer

Monday – Friday

This newsletter is published by Anne Powell, Community Watch Liaison Officer – Suffolk Coastal, Felixstowe Police Station, 32 High Road West, Felixstowe. IP11 9JE

E-mail –anne.powell@Suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Office based Tuesday, Wednesday and alternate Monday

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 088 555 111

 Suffolk Police Website  www.suffolk.police.uk

The website has current news, appeals and details of your Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).  You can also follow Suffolk Police on Facebook and Twitter

To speak with an Officer from Saxmundham and Framlingham Safer Neighbourhood Team Information telephone 101

E-mail saxfram.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

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