Friday, December 15, 2017

Fitzhead Village in Somerset

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Useful contact numbers

PC Joanne Jeffery 2378 on 0771770061
PCSO Louise Fyne 6945 on 07920450449
Non urgent enquiries 0845 4567000 - Wellington Police Station

 

This is a warning message for residents across Somerset.

There has been a slight increase in reports of bogus callers and police would like to highlight the need to take care over such callers.  The following are brief examples of incidents this week. 

1. Resident saw a male waving through the window and went to investigate. He spoke jibberish and pointed to the rear of the property. Victim followed the male round the house but left the front door open. Victim later found that a bag and contents had been stolen. 

2. Resident contacted on the phone by a company alleging to be working in conjunction with the police and that they had police vetted staff in the area able to give householders a security check. The telephone caller tried to persuade the householder that they had to make an appointment straight away in order to be eligible for the discount. 

Please remind members that whether it's a stranger at the door, a stranger on the phone, unsolicited Email or post - then it should all be treated with care. Please also remind them that the police do not endorse companies of any type.

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If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.

 

Since coming to the UK in the early eighties, Neighbourhood Watch has evolved into wider regional associations and finally a co-ordinated National network. Making your neighbourhood safer is partly about increasing security. but it's also about reducing the incentive to commit crime.

Every community is different but it is proven that you are four times less likely to be a victim of burglary if you are in a scheme. Also it is possible to obtain up to 15% off home insurance if you live in a Neighbourhood Watch area.

Security measures can include no cold calling zones, key holder schemes, and home security drives. The public are the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood. Community intelligence still remains one of the most effective weapons in targeting criminals.

ü   Spring is just around the corner promising lighter evenings and warmer days. The majority of thefts are opportunistic and burglars are increasingly targeting sheds and outbuildings as well as homes. 

ü   When working in the garden, unlocked doors and windows are an easy and open invitation for an intruder. Remember the front of the house is just as vulnerable as the back. 

ü   Get a strong padlock for your shed.  

ü   Don't leave ladders outside.  

ü   Trees and overgrown bushes provide excellent cover for unwanted visitors.  

ü   Security lighting will deter most intruders but don't annoy your neighbours with a strong beam left on for hours!

Avon and Somerset Police are launching a new pilot scheme in West Somerset that will see both two and four legged volunteers. Thought to be the first of its kind in the country, 'Rural Community Watch' will see volunteers proactively patrolling their communities on horseback for any suspicious activity, criminal damage or anti-social behaviour, and providing feedback to the Police.