Pocklington Provincial Update for May 2018
1. Crime and ASB
TFMV – Theft from motor vehicle
TOMV – Theft of motor vehicle
ASB – Anti-social behaviour
Detailed crime and ASB data for your area can be obtained by visiting www.police.uk and following the ‘Find your Neighbourhood’ link. Also details of any particular crimes or series of crimes of note e.g. serious assaults, run of Hanoi burglaries.
2. Community Priorities
- Pocklington Town Centre area (Evenings):
Throughout May we are to continue our high visibility patrols of the Pocklington Town Centre area to deter potential anti-social behaviour. These patrols include regular checks on peripheral areas at Pocklington Infants’ School, Maxwell Road (periodic reports of criminal damage and youths causing annoyance), All Saints Church (periodic reports of anti-social behaviour on an evening), the Tennis Club (reports of anti-social behaviour, (ASB)) and town car parks (reports of low level anti-social behaviour). Criminal offenders will be challenged robustly, arrested or reported for summons. Penalty Notices for Disorder or warning letters may be used in appropriate cases however, those who offend should expect to be arrested and dealt with if their anti social behaviour amounts to criminal offending. The exercise of discretion should not be expected.
- Pocklington – Vehicle related nuisance
To reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) and its impact on the communities within the Pocklington area as well as taking positive action against offenders who cause ASB with their vehicles. Hotspot areas in Pocklington will be checked regularly and any drivers using their cars to cause alarm or distress will be considered for warnings and possible seizure of their vehicles under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.
3. Crime Reduction Advice
YOUR HOME – KEEP IT SAFE.
Burglary is by and large an opportunistic crime, with burglars looking for a home that gives them the easiest way of committing their crime undetected and with the fewest obstacles to negotiate. In many cases burglars do not need to use any force to gain entry which can be achieved via an insecure window or door. So how can you keep your home and property safe?
1 in 3 burglaries are via an open door or window
Always lock your front and back doors and if the window is open for ventilation and you would consider it easy to access from outside then close it whenever you leave the room - it only takes seconds to climb in and steal something.
Going on Holiday
If you are going away remember to cancel the milk or newspapers.
Don’t make it obvious to burglars you are away; leave your curtains or blinds open – nothing reveals that a house is unoccupied so much as curtains drawn during the day. If possible ask a trusted neighbour to close your curtains in the evening, hanging a pair of thick net curtains when you go on holiday will make it harder for the opportunist to see inside and decide whether you have anything they want to steal.
If you don’t already have any, then consider getting timer switches and setting your lights both downstairs and upstairs to come on at different times throughout the day/evening. There are low cost fake TV devices available which make it look as if someone is home and watching TV due to the multiple random colour led lights which it projects into the room.
Again a trusted neighbour collecting your post and possibly parking their car on your drive, whilst you are away will add to your security.
Don’t talk about your planned holiday on social media – you don’t know who may be reading your comments or who they might tell.
Security around the home
Make your home looks occupied by leaving a radio on or a light on a timer switch to make the house sound and look as if someone is at home, even if you are out.
Never leave your spare keys in a hiding place such as under a doormat, in a flowerpot or inside a letterbox.
Make sure you use a burglar alarm (if you have one) every time you leave the house. Don’t leave valuables on view or on window sills and keep your car keys hidden out of sight - consider taking them up to bed with you at night. If you conceal valuables in your home, avoid obvious hiding places such as your sock drawer or in the bottom of a wardrobe.
If your property is stolen make sure you can describe it to the Police by keeping a record and photographs of makes, models and unique serial numbers etc. You can also register all your details onto WWW.immobilise.com. This is a web based property records system, endorsed and searchable by all UK Police Forces and second hand dealers.
Security in the garden
Secure your garden with a fence which is made difficult to climb by adding trellis and spiky climbing plants and add a key lockable gate.
Don’t leave tools or ladders in the garden to assist burglars and secure your wheelie bins away from your house, fences and walls.
Dusk to dawn low wattage outside lights will put off the opportunist thief all year round as well as welcome the householders home during the night. An additional movement activated floodlight especially at the side and rear or your property can unnerve burglars and warns occupants and neighbours of their approach.
What should I do if I see something suspicious?
To report anything to the Police ring 101, if it’s a crime in progress then use 999. You can give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They won’t ask your name just what you know and you could assist with helping make your neighbourhood a safer and more secure place in which to live.