- Suspicious Circumstances. Church Street. Blue Peugeot seen acting suspiciously in the area. Details of registration number and description of driver passed to police. 6.55pm Wednesday 2nd September. 0312 02/09/2020
We have had a few instances of vehicle crime on the area over the last month where the vehicle involved has been left insecure. This presents a great opportunity for the passing opportunist thief and saves them a lot of time and effort to commit crime. We know that this type of crime usually takes place during the early hours and the offender will walk down a street randomly trying car doors in the hope to find an open one.
- Always lock your vehicle. Whether it’s on the road, car park, driveway or in a garage.
- Remove all valuables, especially those that can be seen through the windows.
- If you have any valuables that cannot be removed, secure them in a locked compartment or boot and mark them with your postcode and house number.
- Fit an alarm to the vehicle that is audible and which also has the ability to send a notification to your smart phone that movement has been detected.
- Fit a camera system that has real time movement notifications and sharable footage.
- Report any suspicious activity seen on 101 or 999 as required at the time.
If you have information on a crime that you would like to pass to police anonymously, please consider using the independent charity Crimestoppers. Crimes in progress should always be reported to police on 999 or 101 as required.
Their website states “ We’re an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime, 100% anonymously. Whoever you are, wherever you live, from communities to companies. By phone and online, 24/7, 365 days a year. We also share advice on how to protect the people you care about from crime, so everyone can feel safe. After receiving your call or a completed anonymous online form, we create a report that brings together all the information you gave us, making sure it doesn’t contain any information that could identify you. Your report is sent to the relevant authority with the legal responsibility to investigate crimes, make arrests and charge people in order to bring them to justice. This could be your local police force or an agency such as the UK Border Agency or HM Revenue & Customs”. Find out more with what we do with your information here – https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Community Speed Watch
Warwickshire Police’s Community Speedwatch scheme is relaunching as part of a phased reintroduction in the county. Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join together to monitor speeds of vehicles in their local area with support from the police. In Warwickshire each group uses the LTI Speed Lasers independently purchased by either the group itself or the local parish council. Any vehicles found to be exceeding the speed limit are referred to Warwickshire Police and receive a letter with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. However, in cases where education is ignored and there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, even across county borders, enforcement and prosecution follow.
Inspector Sally Bunyard-Spiers said: “Speeding continues to be a concern for many communities in both rural and urban environments and we are delighted that we are able to start a phased reintroduction of the Community Speedwatch Scheme in Warwickshire. “Warwickshire Police is very grateful to all the CSW volunteers who use their own time to help make Warwickshire’s roads safer for everyone, often enthusiastically supporting national anti-speeding campaigns.”
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “I would encourage anyone who is concerned about speeding in their community to consider signing up as a Community Speedwatch volunteer. As well as helping Warwickshire Police and partners to raise awareness of speeding, the visible presence of CSW helps to reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit, improving the quality of life for local communities and most importantly helping to reduce death and injury on our roads. This is something I am keen to support.”
Warwickshire Police is keen to support and develop further CSW groups and as soon as COVID restrictions allow we hope to be able to progress the training of newly formed CSW groups. Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by officers and staff including a new soon to be appointed Road Safety Officer who will oversee the CSW groups. The aim of CSW is to make our roads safer, and to ensure no CSW members or the public are put at risk, a full risk assessment is carried out for each group.
If you are interested in forming a CSW group in your area, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team. The details of your local SNT can be found by visiting www.warwickshire.police.uk and entering your location. For more information about CSW please visit https://www.communityspeedwatch.org