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Weybridge Police Team Newsletter – Nov 2015

 

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From: Andrew Kim (PC 3729)
Safer Neighbourhood Team
Elmbridge Borough
SURREY POLICE

Report dated 3 December 2015

Dear Weybridge Residents, Businesses, NHW and Councillors

I am now back on fully operational duties.  I have not fully recovered from Bells Palsy yet but it is getting better everyday. Hopefully you will see me out in Weybridge soon.

We have experienced multiple Burglary offences in November – 11 Residential Burglaries which is too many.

  • Dwelling Burglary

o   Oatlands Drive – detached property suspect has entered rear  garden via side gate, opened insecure rear door to conservatory and forced locked internal door into lounge all bedrooms untidy search
o   Bridge Road – an attempt to force entry to property via a casement window
o   Finnart Close -  low value items stolen from residential flat.
o   Grenside Road -  have approached front door and attempted to enter property by tampering or drilling the lock
o   Glencoe Road – entry has been gained to property vehicle taken from front of house.
o   Balfour Road – person unknown attempted to fiddle with lock to gain access to a property
o   St Albans Avenue – Suspects have entered property during the night while occupants are asleep upstairs and have removed electrical items.
o   Thames Street – entered by lifting up insecure lower portion of rear ground floor window. Attempted Theft of Pedal cycle
o   Dorchester Road – FOUND MONEY MISSING FROM A PURSE ON THE KITCHEN TABLE.
o   Wey Road – entered property by unknown access point, tidy search and taken am amount of money
o   South Road -  gained entry to large 5 bedroom house and gone to master bathroom and removed diamond bracelet

  • Non-Dwelling

o   The Crescent – 2 mountain bikes stolen from insecure shed located at bottom of garden
o   Portmore Park Road – BICYCLE STOLEN FROM LOCKED SHED IN REARGARDEN.
o   Admiral Close – Have broken into standalone shed within residential grounds and stolen golf clubs and a bike
o   the Mount – SHED HAS BEEN ENTERED AND PUSH BIKE STOLEN
o   NetherbyPark – GARAGE BROKEN INTO OVERNIGHT AND TWO BIKES STOLEN

There are a lot of information available on Home security – Metropolitan Police has a good section introducing Home security.

http://content.met.police.uk/Site/crimepreventionbumblebee

There is also a PDF file associated with this message which will be published separately on the SGHI website.

PLEASE LOOK AFTER YOUR NEIGHBOURS – IF THEY ARE VULNERABLE AND NEED HELP, PLEASE LET US KNOW BY DIALING 101 or EMAIL US ON elmbridge@surrey.pnn.police.uk

We are carrying out increased patrols under Operation Candlelight and this will continue for some time.

Please report anything / anyone suspicious by dialling 101 (to pass information) or 999 (in progress or where immediate Police attendance is required)

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OPERATION SIGNATURE – FRAUD PREVENTION

Surrey and Sussex Police are running Operation Signature:

Please visit http://www.sussex.police.uk/help-centre/ask-us/fraud,-scams-and-financial-issues/what-is-operation-signature

What kinds of scams are there?
Common fraud types are:
- Mail scams: con artists use fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich-quick schemes, bogus health cures and pyramid selling to get money from their victims
- Investment scams: the victim is offered investment opportunities in land, fine wines, share sales or carbon credits which have little or no value
- Romance scams: the scammer meets someone on a dating site and gains their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency or flights over to see them
- Courier scams: fraudsters call and trick the victim into handing cards and PIN numbers to a courier on their doorstep
- Fraud recovery scam: when fraudsters approach the victim again under a different guise, such as Trading Standards or Court officials, demanding money up front in order to finance court action to recoup some of the losses from the original crime.

There are many more types of fraud. Please see the Action Fraud website for more details.
Key things to remember:
- Never send or give money to anyone you don’t know or trust
- Check people are who they say they are
- Don’t share your personal information
- Make decisions in your own time
- If in doubt phone a relative or a friend
Trust no-one who cold calls you about your bank account or a problem with your computer. Under no circumstances would the bank or police request a card PIN or security details over the telephone or arrange collection of bank cards from a home address.

PLEASE LOOK AFTER YOUR NEIGHBOURS – IF THEY ARE VULNERABLE AND NEED HELP, PLEASE LET US KNOW BY DIALING 101 or EMAIL US ON elmbridge@surrey.pnn.police.uk

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PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS

When a business is burgled, stock, valuables and trading time are lost. Commercial burglary can cripple a company to the point of collapse. The following advice will help any business, large or small, to protect itself from crime.

 Accessing your premises
• Only give master keys to trusted members of staff.  Check regularly that no keys have been lost – if they are, immediately change the locks.
• Appoint trusted, nominated key holders or a security company to attend out of hours if there is an emergency.
• Never leave keys lying around.
• For high security areas, use push button combination locks and change the codes regularly. Make sure staff are careful not to let passers by see the code as they enter it.

CCTV
To ensure your CCTV is fully effective:
• Clean the lens regularly.
• Store the equipment in a locked cabinet.
• Save a recorded tape or digital image for 31 days before recording over it.
• Ensure that time and date settings are correct.
• Face a camera towards the doorway so you get clear head and shoulders images.
• To be legal you must have clear signage stating: the name of the operator, the purpose of the CCTV (i.e. crime prevention), contact phone number. Visit www.ico.gov.uk for more details.

 Alarms
• Monitored alarm systems with police response are strongly recommended. Get quotations from at least three companies who are subject to independent inspection by an approved body. These include: National Security Inspectorate (NSI), Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).
• To get a police response to your alarm system, you must use a company that is registered with the NSI or SSAIB.
• Alarm systems should comply with the latest British and European standards.

 Security lighting
• Make sure your security lights are positioned properly.
• Check lights regularly to make sure they are working.
• Permanent low-cost dusk to dawn lighting is preferable to higher cost lighting linked to a movement sensor.
• Make sure lighting does not affect CCTV.
• Leave some lights on or use a timer to give the impression that someone is there 24/7.
• Keep as little cash as possible on the premises, move excess cash to a safe place and do not count it in view of anyone.
• Site tills away from entrance/exit doors.
• If possible, avoid paying staff in cash.
• Leave tills empty and open at night.

 Preventing theft
• Where possible keep doors and windows shut and locked.
• Lock valuable items such as tools away when not in use.
• Avoid predictable routines such as moving cash at the same time each day.
• Never leave reception desks unattended.
• Search your premises before leaving.
• Stock take regularly.
• Provide lockers for staff if possible.
• Consider installing a UV dye spray system at entry points, use UV grease on valuable outdoor materials, and a permanent property marking system on expensive equipment – along with signage warning of their presence.
• Encourage staff to report anything suspicious and make sure they know what to do if there is a robbery.
• For more advice contact your local crime reduction advisor by calling 101.

Useful links: 

British Chambers of Commerce: www.britishchambers.org.uk

Designing Out Crime: www.designcouncil.org.uk

Secured By Design: www.securedbydesign.com

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PREVENTING TERRORISM

While Surrey is a low risk county for terrorist activity, we still need to be alert to tensions and extremist groups in our communities. If you see something suspicious or if you’re unsure about a person’s behaviour or activities, your information could be vital. Call the Anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321 to report your concerns in the strictest confidence. No call is a waste of time. If you suspect it, report it.

 If it’s an emergency, dial 999.

Surrey Police has specially trained Counter Terrorism Security Advisers (CTSAs) who can provide advice to businesses that could be at risk from terrorist activity, particularly those in crowded places.

If you feel that your company could benefit from Counter Terrorism Security Advice, which is provided free of charge, your local CTSA can be contacted by emailing ctsa@surrey.pnn.police.uk or calling 01483 639871.

Surrey Police works in line with the Government’s Prevent strategy which aims to:
• Challenge the ideology that supports terrorism and those who promote it.
• Protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorist-related activity.
• Support sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation.

The Prevent Strategy can be read in full on the Gov.uk website.

Surrey Police has a team of Prevent Engagement Officers (PEO’s) who work with the public and partner agencies to prevent terrorism and violent extremism from taking root in our communities. These officers aim to safeguard individuals and institutions from all forms of terrorist ideology and work closely with partner agencies such as local authorities, schools, Universities and health institutions, to ensure communities in Surrey are well placed to report and respond to terrorist related concerns.

If you have concerns linked to terrorism or violent extremism or you would like to find out more around the strategy please contact the Prevent team at Surrey Police on 101.

Terrorist related concerns can be reported via the Gov.uk website or by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ANY OTHER TOPICS INCLUDED IN MONTHLY NEWSLETTER? PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

I WELCOME ANY FEEDBACK.

 

Andrew Kim
Police Constable 3729
Safer Neighbourhood Team
Elmbridge Borough
SURREY POLICE
SPIRE: 31673
DIRECT: 01784 631673
OWE: 15-8925
www.surrey.police.uk

 

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