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Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) – Your local policing team

Every community in Warwickshire has a local policing Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Our teams work with communities and partner organisations to identify and address local concerns. Teams tackle crimes and work to make communities safer.

The local SNT for Welford on Avon is the Alcester Police South Safer Neighbourhood Team, the team deploy from Alcester and cover the wards of Bidford and Salford, Welford, Barton, Aston Cantlow, Alcester and Kinwarton. For an update on all current information please visit the dedicated web site at https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/2269/Alcester-South?uprn=200001167773

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Monthly updates will be published on this page but for full details please visit http://www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/

Alcester South SNT Update

Message from the Alcester South Team

Thank you to everyone that has been following the government advice and we hope that this continues over the next few weeks or until the advice changes. We are impressed with the amount of volunteers that have stepped forward to help local groups assist with the vulnerable in our communities. Although the situation will obviously have an impact on our Team too, we will be continuing with our foot and mobile patrols dealing with any incidents as they arise. If you need to contact us with a non-emergency please consider using our website, contact details shown below or the 101 system. Obviously demand on our telephone systems are high at the moment.

HM Government Guidance

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do – Published 29 March 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Alcester South SNT Update

Corona Virus

The situation regarding the Virus is changing on a daily basis and the Government is regularly releasing information and guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

.It will almost certainly have an impact on our area and Warwickshire Police will respond as required. Please continue to use our 101 and 999 telephone systems as usual – many interactions can now be made via our website, thus freeing up the telephone systems during peak times – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/   We will release any further instructions when needed.

We are aware that there are local community groups being set up in order to help support the vulnerable on our area. Information can be found on Social Media or via your local Resilience and Council groups. This is a good time for those that are able to check on your family, friends and neighbours, especially those that may need help with supplies. Remember = 1) Wash your hands frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue. 2) Be prepared to self-isolate. 3) Plan ahead based on your situation.

Crimestoppers – From their website

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””. https://crimestoppers-uk.org/about-the-charity/who-we-are

Crime prevention advice

Nobody thinks they’ll be a victim of crime until, of course, it happens. But if you’re clued in to the criminals’ tricks and tactics you can stay one step ahead. Browse our pages below for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

Special Constabulary Recruitment

Could you be a local hero and become a Special Constable? – Our Special Constables are voluntary, part-time police officers who work in some of the most important areas of modern policing. Would you be willing to make a real difference to the communities in our area? As a fully-trained Special Constable, you will have full police powers, wear a police uniform and work alongside regular police officers and police staff, with opportunities for promotion and to develop your leadership and management skills. In return, you will be required to commit a minimum of 16 hours a month, although many people do significantly more as the hours can be flexible to fit around your work and home life commitments. For further information visit our website – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/specialconstables

Alcester South SNT Update

Theft of Catalytic converters
There have been a number of incidents around Warwickshire and bordering forces where Catalytic Converters have been stolen from vehicles. In many of the cases the offender(s) have pulled up next to the vehicle they want to steal from, removing the converter in a matter of minutes, before driving off again. Sometimes in daylight.

Here are a few preventative measures that can be taken to protect and hinder further thefts:-

  • · Park vehicles so as to prevent access underneath. For example up against walls, hedges and buildings.
  • · Mark catalytic converters with a serial number. Stickers can also be purchased for vehicle windows warning that the Converter has been marked.
  • · Ask a garage to weld the bolts. Always obtain professional advice before doing this as it may permanently damage or affect the converter.
  • · Fit a Lock / CatLock. Some Converters can be fitted with a lock / device that protects the vulnerable parts from attack.
  • · Install security camera(s). Working cameras that record footage can identify an offender and their vehicle for a future investigation. A camera that also alerts you of movement in real-time is much better.
  • · Park in well-lit & busy areas. This type of crime is likely to be opportunist, so the offender will be looking for an area they can operate in without being disturbed.
  • · Install alarm(s). An alarm can bring unwanted attention for the offender, so will be a deterrent when activated. An alarm system that also notifies you direct is better.
  • · CatClamp. The CatClamp ‘clamps’ to the exhaust pipes, not the converter, allowing different sized and shaped converters to be protected. It will hinder any attempt to remove the converter.
  • · Store your vehicle off road. A vehicle that is in a secure area like a garage will be better protected.
  • · Be vigilant. The Offender may drive past or at least stand by a vehicle for a few seconds before attempting a theft.
Crime prevention advice
Nobody thinks they’ll be a victim of crime until, of course, it happens. But if you’re clued in to the criminals’ tricks and tactics you can stay one step ahead. Browse our pages below for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/
Special Constabulary Recruitment

Could you be a local hero and become a Special Constable? – Our Special Constables are voluntary, part-time police officers who work in some of the most important areas of modern policing. Would you be willing to make a real difference to the communities in our area? As a fully-trained Special Constable, you will have full police powers, wear a police uniform and work alongside regular police officers and police staff, with opportunities for promotion and to develop your leadership and management skills. In return, you will be required to commit a minimum of 16 hours a month, although many people do significantly more as the hours can be flexible to fit around your work and home life commitments. For further information visit our website – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/specialconstables

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. Car park, Binton Road. Trailer with Yamaha Buggy on stolen. A Honda 4×4 was seen on the car park at the time of the offence. Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm Friday 17th January. 0354 17/01/2020

Alcester South SNT Update

Local Policing Priority Poll
  • The latest Policing Priorities Poll is now available on our Facebook page.
  • Please look out for the post and vote for the suggestion you would like to see as a priority from January to March 2020. One Like = One Vote.
  • We appreciate that not everyone has access to Facebook and we hope that in the new year the Poll’s will be accessible via our website or internet as in previous months.

Crime Prevention during the Christmas Period:

Using Cashpoints –

Before arriving at the ATM

  • If possible, have your ATM card in your hand on approach to the machine, rather than delve into the wallet or handbag either at the machine or whilst standing in a queue to use it
  • Have in mind the precise transactions you wish to conduct at the ATM to minimise your time at the machine
  • Try to use ATMs that are located in busy public places and ones that are well lit after dark. Check to see if anyone is hanging around. Report any suspicious behaviour on 101.

Arriving at the ATM

  • Don’t use ATMs that appear visually different from the norm, especially around the card slot.  Have extra things be added onto the surfaces of the ATM? (Tell the bank about your suspicions immediately)
  • If in the company of a friend or partner have them stand close to you at the ATM to help block views of the keypad
  • Be aware of somebody sitting in a car near to the ATM and be very aware of the people standing behind you and off to the side that are close enough to see you input your PIN.  If you are at all concerned about the people near you, walk away and come back later or use a different machine.  Trust your instincts!

Using the ATM

  • Don’t use your mobile phone during a transaction.  Be totally focused on the matter in hand
  • Try not to be distracted by incidents around you. Be suspicious of people talking to you and of people trying to assist you with your transactions, no matter how friendly they appear to be
  • When inputting your PIN always stand up close to the ATM and cover the keypad with your other hand to stop your PIN being seen by people and cameras
  • If you are withdrawing cash, place the cash and your card into your pocket or bag immediately and walk away.  Don’t stand at the ATM counting it

After using the ATM

  • As you walk away from the ATM continue to be aware of the people around you.  Try to avoid walking up some poorly observed and quiet backstreet or alley
  • If you think you are being followed walk into a shop, a pub, a restaurant or some other busy place
  • When getting into your car lock the doors
  • Check your bank statements regularly and report any unusual transactions to the bank immediately
  • If you think your PIN has been seen or copied change it immediately. You can do this at nearly all ATMs

Safety of Wallets and Purses –

  • keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times.
  • Carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest.
  • Return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it.
  • Use a purse that’s difficult to open. One that zips or snaps shut is best, and keep it closed. Attach a set of small bells to your purse or bag.
  • Use a money belt if you’re carrying a significant quantity of cash.
  • Conceal your wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge. A rubber band placed around the wallet will cause friction when being pulled out of a pocket.
  • Keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen.
  • Keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen.
  • Don’t hang stuff on the back of a chair. Especially in Cafes and Restaurants etc.
  • Don’t leave anything on the back of a pushchair, shopping trolley or mobility scooter.
  • Always place your belongings in sight, especially if putting a bag on the floor. Consider looping the strap of a bag under your chair leg so it cannot be pulled away.

Thefts from Work Vans

Below we offer some simple crime prevention advice on what to do when the vehicle is unattended. Current trends show that offenders are using the ‘peal and steal’ or ‘snip and nick’ techniques. This is where side doors are peeled back to gain entry or metal snippers are used to cut holes in the skin of the van in order to gain access to the opening mechanisms or in fact create a hole big enough to climb in. Unless the vehicle is armoured then removing the most valuable items and using extra crime prevention techniques will be the best deterrent.

  • Park your vehicle in a secure area (in a garage or behind locked gates, if possible).
  • Use extra security devices to make sure the van cannot be moved. Park near to walls or park another vehicle in front of the van if on a drive.
  • Use motion detectors inside and outside the van to alert you that someone is nearby. (We know of one local tradesperson that has a simple baby monitor in their van to monitor noise and motion in real-time)
  • Park in a well-lit street in easy view of your own or neighbours’ houses.
  • Where possible, remove valuable items from the vehicle overnight and store them in a secure place.
  • Do not leave tools or equipment on view inside the vehicle.
  • Consider fitting an appropriate alarm system, protecting the cabin and load areas.
  • Apply a security marking product to power tools and equipment. Alternatively, etch or emboss identifiable marks to these items. Take photos of the valuable items
  • Consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store tools in.
  • Ensure that the van doors are securely lockable and consider having suitable deadlocks installed.
  • Make sure to physically check that the van doors and windows are locked if you have used the remote to lock the vehicle, even if the feedback indicates the van as locked.
  • When visiting businesses, try to park close to the entrance and preferably in the view of CCTV
  • Register serial numbers of your property for free on www.immobilise.com . Please visit the website for more information.
  • Consider a battery powered PIR alarm that calls you on the mobile phone when activated.
  • Be vigilant when unloading. Watch out for people that are taking an interest.
  • Call the police on 101 or 999 as appropriate of you see anyone looking suspicious.

Six top tips for securing your shop against theft:-

  • Meet and greet  – Shoplifters can always assess how easy it is to steal from a shop by how soon after they enter they are spoken to by a member of staff. It’s known as ‘the three-to-five second rule’. Greeting customers as they enter your premises can put off shoplifters because it sends out a message that you and your staff are paying attention. If a thief thinks they’ve been spotted they’re more likely to leave.
  • Crime mapping – Work out where inside the store thefts are happening. Keep records of location, dates, times and CCTV of incidents or suspicious behaviour. This is called ‘crime mapping’.
  • Take a look at this area as if you are seeing it for the first time, then work out what you can do to protect it. Can you improve the surveillance? For example, can you see it from the till? Try making the area more visible by repositioning or lowering stock and shelving. Consider placing more staff here or even displaying the items elsewhere.
  • Electronic tagging – Tag your items with ‘Electronic Article Surveillance’. Anti-theft systems encompass a wide range of devices and technologies. A correctly installed and security accredited anti-theft terminal (and tagging system) at a store entrance is a statement to potential shoplifters that ‘this store is protected’. Thieves will often target premises that don’t have this equipment. Most shops see a marked drop in shoplifting once they install an anti-theft terminal on the door. They’ll simply go elsewhere.
  • Keep it tidy – A clean and tidy retail outlet with clear visibility across the shop floor tells a thief that everything is shipshape – and that surveillance is also probably first class. Keep things security friendly, with uncluttered, wide aisles where possible, thereby making it extremely difficult for them to steal unnoticed. Ensure that the exterior, the grounds and the building itself are also well maintained and clean, to keep the space as visible as possible.
  • Personal safety – You can’t predict who’s coming into your shop or how they will behave. Shoplifters could respond aggressively when challenged. Employers should conduct a risk assessment in conjunction with Health and Safety directions. Always trust your instincts and only engage a potential shoplifter if it is safe to do so. If you feel confident with the situation, keep a safe distance and then ask them if they need any help or if they require a basket or a bag. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, be polite, step away and quietly alert your manager or security team.
  • Safety in numbers – For as much of the day as possible, try not to be alone. Thieves target stores where there is only one member of staff. More eyes in the store, means you’re more likely to spot a thief, so have a few members of staff and make sure they’re trained in how to spot shoplifters. For more guidance, see our page on how to spot a shoplifter.

Neighbourhood Watch

We have several NHW schemes around the area. To find out more about the Neighbourhood Watch and how you can set up or join a local scheme, please visit – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

Further Crime Prevention advice

Please visit the new Warwickshire Police website for more crime prevention advice on a number of topics. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

Alcester SNT Update

Thefts from Work Vans

Thefts from vans is still a current problem on the area. Below we offer some simple crime prevention advice on what to do when the vehicle is unattended. Current trends show that offenders are using the ‘peal and steal’ or ‘snip and nick’ techniques. This is where side doors are peeled back to gain entry or metal snippers are used to cut holes in the skin of the van in order to gain access to the opening mechanisms or in fact create a hole big enough to climb in. Unless the vehicle is armoured then removing the most valuable items and using extra crime prevention techniques will be the best deterrent.

  • Park your vehicle in a secure area (in a garage or behind locked gates, if possible).
  • Use extra security devices to make sure the van cannot be moved. Park near to walls or park another vehicle in front of the van if on a drive.
  • Use motion detectors inside and outside the van to alert you that someone is nearby. (We know of one local tradesperson that has a simple baby monitor in their van to monitor noise and motion in real-time)
  • Park in a well-lit street in easy view of your own or neighbours’ houses.
  • Where possible, remove valuable items from the vehicle overnight and store them in a secure place.
  • Do not leave tools or equipment on view inside the vehicle.
  • Consider fitting an appropriate alarm system, protecting the cabin and load areas.
  • Apply a security marking product to power tools and equipment. Alternatively, etch or emboss identifiable marks to these items. Take photos of the valuable items
  • Consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store tools in.
  • Ensure that the van doors are securely lockable and consider having suitable deadlocks installed.
  • Make sure to physically check that the van doors and windows are locked if you have used the remote to lock the vehicle, even if the feedback indicates the van as locked.
  • When visiting businesses, try to park close to the entrance and preferably in the view of CCTV
  • Register serial numbers of your property for free on www.immobilise.com . Please visit the website for more information.
  • Consider a battery powered PIR alarm that calls you on the mobile phone when activated.
  • Be vigilant when unloading. Watch out for people that are taking an interest.
  • Call the police on 101 or 999 as appropriate of you see anyone looking suspicious.

Neighbourhood Watch

We have several NHW schemes around the area. To find out more about the Neighbourhood Watch and how you can set up or join a local scheme, please visit – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/