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The neighbourhood team have been liaising with Parish Councils, Schools, Colleges, housing associations, working groups, visiting schools and joint visits with Partner Agencies. The team have undertaken a number of tasks and are currently working on a number of projects to tackle the on-going ASB and prevent crime.
Please see below recent relevant crime reports in your area.
Arson incident on New Farm, Royston Road, Melbourne. Fire reported deliberate ignition on outbuilding at location. Youths were seen running away from the location. Incident is still under investigation.
There has been three crime reports relating to none-dwelling burglaries. Garages and outbuilding broken into, various item including a push bike have been taken.
Two outbuildings have been broken into in Haverhill Road. Garage and shed have had their locks snapped, a number of items have been taken.
A three sided shed has been broken into in Whittlesford Road and a tractor has been taken from within.
There has been two incident reports relating to arson. Two fires have been deliberately started and hundreds of hay bales have been burned. Fire and Police are working closely to identify the culprits.
A digger was deliberately set on fire by two youths who were witnessed to run away from the scene. Crime is under investigation.
Recently we have had an increase in anti-social behaviour in Willingham. A group of youths have been throwing eggs at random vehicles and properties causing criminal damage. The safer policing neighbourhood team will be targeting their patrols in the affected areas to prevent further incidents and identify those responsible for committing these offences. The suspects have been captured on CCTV and we have now secured the evidence. An investigation is on-going relating to these incidents.
A suspect has caused criminal damage to multiple properties around Fen Drayton village with multiple victims. In one occasion the suspect jumped on a vehicle causing the windscreen to smash and dented the roof. This suspect has since been identified and is been dealt with accordingly for the offences committed.
There has been four crime report relating to thefts from motor vehicles. Windows have been smashed and items taken within the vehicle.
Secure your shed or garage
It’s strange how most people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes. People often end up using a flimsy lock protect the contents whether it’s a car, bike or lawnmower. The fact is, a burglar will usually try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to get into the house. First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.
Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And keep it locked at all times.Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain. Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view. Invest in a garage door stop.Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
Beat Car Thieves and Crooks, Keep your belongings safe.
Vehicle theft is on the rise again in England and Wales. Since 2017 there has been an increase and the convenient keyless entry system has played a big part in this.
Thinking like a criminal can keep your car and belongings safe. Keeping your car secure is a big worry for motorists. It doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle you own from a Mini to a Rolls-Royce. So here are some tips on keeping your car and valuables secure style. Cars and vans are sometimes stolen because the thief can see items, tools and equipment inside the vehicle. A professional car thief will target newer cars and often go for high powered cars such as BMW, Jaguars, Mercedes and Range Rover.
Cars and vans are often stolen to be used for certain jobs. High powered cars are often used for getting away from burglaries and ram raiders want vehicles with tow bars or oversized bumpers. White vans are used for multiple purposes such as bogus utility worker, home maintenance or courier fraud and for moving stolen goods around as they appear anonymous.
It’s always a good thing to have some kind of security measure because the thief doesn’t want to spend time trying to remove them. Instead, they will move onto the next car. Criminals will avoid vehicles that have visible devices and deterrents such as steering locks, gearstick & handbrake locks and internal front and rear dash cam with sensors. These are all relatively cheap to buy, but in general, the more you pay, the better the security. Although not impenetrable to a seasoned car thief, the real value is as a visual deterrent.
It’s not just car thieves you have to worry about, there are plenty of crooks out there who are simply after your valuables. The most common mistakes car owners make are leaving things on show such as phone leads, rucksacks, jackets, handbags, laptop cases, sat nav holders and paperwork. This means there might be something of value left in the car. Never leave expensive goodies out on display. They are all fair game and just too tempting for the opportunistic thief.
Remember portable sat navs leave a circular mark on the screen and if you don’t wipe the screen it’s obvious that you could have one in the car.This may seem like a no-brainer but double check you have locked your car. Try and get into the habit of checking the door handles every time you leave the car. Modern cars are harder to steal but the problem is we forget to lock them or leave a sunroof or window open because we are in a rush. This is what the car thief and crook are looking out for. Even if you are only leaving your car for a short while your vehicle or any valuables left on a seat are at a very real risk of theft. Keep your keys secure and remember to take the keys out of your car. Also don’t leave them on a table near to your front door as thieves have been known to pop a coat hanger through the letterbox to hook the key ring.
I also need to mention here, keyless cars and the relay attack. This means two criminals use an electronic signal relay device to intercept a key fob signal from within the victim’s home. The relay device then sends the signal to the car which unlocks the vehicle and the car can be entered and driven away. There are some simple steps you can take to avoid the signal being hacked, by simply putting your keys into a metal container such as a biscuit tin or microwave. There are also signal blocking pouches available to purchase at low cost.
Don’t leave the engine running. Worse than leaving a car unlocked is leaving a car unlocked with the keys still in the ignition and the engine running, that’s just making a car thief’s job too easy. Also remember if you do this and your vehicle is taken you are not insured, so you will lose your vehicle and be out of pocket.
If you have a garage or driveway, use it. Always drive in rather than reverse in as the thief has to come closer to you to take the car and they don’t like to do that. Cars parked off street are far less likely to be stolen than those parked on the road. When away from home, try to leave your car in a secure car park – one with a ticket barrier or attendant or one that has been approved by the police. If you have to park on the street, do so in a busy, well-lit area, and if possible beneath the gaze of a CCTV camera.
This has been on the increase by crooks who want to use your number plates to put on a vehicle with the same identity, make, model and colour for use in criminal activity such as fuel theft from garage, burglaries and ram raids. You can stop this by using secure theft resistant number plates which will make your plates less attractive to thieves. You can also get anti-theft number plate bolts.
Never leave anything with your name and address in the car. If you do, you put yourself at risk of burglary as the thief knows you are not at home, especially if the car is taken from the town centre or Supermarket car park, and it could leave you open to other types of fraud. It’s also very important to remain vigilant around your street and to look out for anyone acting strangely on your street as they could be looking for an opportunity to steal a vehicle or contents.
Good news, a vehicle was pulled off the road by PC 2398 in the Fulbourn area for having no insurance. Vehicle was seized and the driver has been dealt with by being issued with a 300 pound fine and 6 points on their licence.
RCAT, the rural crime action team recently seized two vehicles for suspected hare courses. Both vehicles seized as untaxed and occupants dispersed from the county.
County Lines Drug Dealers, the local team helped protect a vulnerable male from exploitation after his home was taken over by county lines drug dealers. The male was too fearful to report the matter to the police, thankfully a member of the public alerted police. The male is now safe and being supported by a number of agencies to prevent it happening again.
these concerns are responded to promptly please email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your village in the title bar and the crime / incident reference number that you were provided with when you reported the matter by phone or online. The email account is checked regularly by our team and following this procedure allows us to filter, manage and prioritise our correspondence. Please do not use this as an alternative to reporting crimes / incidents / intelligence to us.
In order to identify trends and patterns of behaviour we require information to be passed to us via one of the three forms below:
Telephone call 101
Online at www.cambs.police.uk/report
Textphone 18001 101
We know that a large number of concerns within some villages are deeply entrenched in the community and there are understandably issues around your confidence in reporting matters to us. We would like to address this by ensuring you know how to report anonymously.
For anonymous reporting please contact crime stoppers:
Telephone 0800 555 111
Online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information
Whilst anonymous reporting often provides difficulties for us when it comes to evidencing matters for court, we would rather have information anonymously than not have access to that information at all. We really would like to know what is happening in the village, therefore any information you can provide to us through the above reporting channels is appreciated.
Thank you for your continued help and support.
PCSO Mani 7009
South Cambs Prevention and Partnership Team
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