Pocklington Provincial Update for September 2018
1. Crime and ASB
**Please note that due to a system error there is no ASB information for August**
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 September 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
Keep your keys and vehicles safe and
don’t be a “2 in 1” Victim
The term “2 in 1 burglary” is used when there are two offences in one,
for example when vehicle keys have been stolen in order for offenders
to take a car/van from outside a property.
These crimes have usually been committed overnight and often the offenders
have gained access to a house by forcing entry or by even using cat
flaps and letter boxes to put an instrument into the house to unhook car keys
from key hangers near to doors.
Here are some simple security measures that can be taken:
- Keep all keys safe and out of sight. Never hang them near to doors
- where they could be taken through a letterbox or near an open window.
- Never leave house or car keys in an obvious place like a handbag or
- key cupboard.
- If you’ve got a garage, use it rather than leaving your vehicle on the
- driveway or the roadside.
- Always keep your vehicle locked and secured. If your car doesn't
- have an alarm/immobilizer then consider getting one fitted.
- Consider extra security such as a steering wheel lock. (Steering locks
- and gear level locks are often all that is needed to deter a thief as they
- simply don't want the hassle of breaking in and trying to get them undone.)
- Never leave any property in your car or van when it is unattended. It
- takes criminals seconds to smash a window and grab something.
- There is also a growing trend for vans to be targeted, so please keep
- valuable tools in your home if you are self employed or at your place of work.
It is clear that offenders are looking at locations and vehicles prior to coming
back to commit the crimes. This could simply be someone looking around an
area during the day, someone pretending to do door to door sales, or
someone coming to your home on another pretext.
So, if you get a “cold caller” ask yourself:
- Is the caller coming to my home in any way suspicious?
- Is the caller paying attention to my car or asking me questions about it?
If so, give Humberside Police a call on the Non Emergency number 101 to
report your concerns.