Bin a Blade
The consequences of carrying a knife are being illustrated in this innovative film which is being shown to young people across Suffolk as part of Suffolk Police's Bin a Blade campaign.
If you would like to find out more about this campaign, visit Suffolk Constabulary.
As a consequence of the countywide campaign last year, the number of reported distraction burglaries was reduced from 49 in 2010 to just 12 in 2011. Suffok Police are running a second campaign through the summer of 2012, as the olympics and jubilee may well give further excuses for unwanted callers.
‘Knock Knock’ is an campaign to tackle bogus callers by encouraging people to talk about home security with parents, neighbours or some you know who is volunerable.
It’s important to make sure people are aware of the tricks and that they follow the guidance below from Suffolk Police.
• Making sure there is a door chain fitted and used
• Making sure the back door is locked before going to the front door
• Ensuring doors and windows are locked even if you are only popping out for a minute
• Check the identification of people calling
• Don’t keep large amounts of money at home
Below are a few of the most common tricks used to get into peoples homes:
• Claiming to be from the water board, charity, council or police
• Asking to use the toilet or telephone
• Claiming to have lost a ball in the garden
• Offering to do work on the house, such as gardening or building work
If you have any doubt or concerns about a caller at the door, then call the police on 999
To join a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme phone Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 and ask to speak with your local community watch liaison officer.
The following advice is recommended to guard against distraction burglaries:
LOCK - Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home
STOP - Before you answer the door, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Look through the spy-hole or the window to see who it is
CHAIN - If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep
CHECK - Check their details and identification before you let them into your home. If it is someone claiming to be an official, ask for and carefully check their identity card
Keeping your oil safe
Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the police have always noticed an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil.
This makes oil a more attractive proposition for thieves who are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on. Oil tanks can contain many thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them:
• Screen your tank with fencing or hedges
• Close and secure any perimeter gating
• Conceal/cover any external oil pipe work/fuel lines
• Install dusk to dawn security lighting
• Install lockable caps supported by closed shackle padlocks
• Regularly check your fuel levels
• Consider installing a sensor that is monitored from inside the home
• Consider installing a tank alarm/security device (you may need to consult your tank supplier)
• Join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and keep an eye out. Telephone 999 immediately if you see anything suspicious. Note vehicle number plates and descriptions of suspicious persons
Please note, because some storage containers are metal and some are plastic, any security measures that directly affect the tank or pipe work should be done in consultation with your heating oil tank supplier.
For more advice, ring Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 and ask for the Crime Reduction Officer for your area. Further help on crime reduction can also be found by logging on to the Suffolk Police website and also the Home Office crime reduction website.