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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

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary Residential. High Street. House broken into and items stolen including cash, two Shotguns, two Rifles, and two vehicles. Overnight 24th & 25th July. 0070 25/07/2019

Crime prevention tips for using Cash Point / Automatic Teller Machines –

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

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Quineys Lane. Man seen to go to house and ask about doing work on the guttering. A Black Vauxhall Corsa was also seen in the Lane acting suspiciously. Not sure if the two were connected. The registration number of the Corsa ended in ‘FKT’. No offences disclosed at the time. Daytime, Friday 19th July. 0219 19/07/2019

Wheelie Bin Thefts

We have a few wheelie bins reported stolen every week on our area. If you find that your bin is missing, check with your neighbours first in case they have collected in the wrong bin. Secondly check with the Council to see if the bin was accidentally crushed or damaged by the collection vehicle. If after making these enquiries you can report it stolen to us by using 101 or our online reporting system.

A few crime prevention tips for your bins –

  • Mark the bins with your house number and postcode. Council guidelines say that you can mark the bins to personalise them as long as the markings do not interfere with the collections.
  • Only put them out as close to the collection time as possible. Then retrieve them as soon as possible afterwards. If you are not at home ask a neighbour to bring them in for you or if you see a neighbours bin left out do the same for them.
  • When not out for collection secure your bins together or to a fixed object. This also deters criminals using the bins as ways to get over fences and gates or to use to transport stolen items away from a premises.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary Residential. Binton Road. Offender(s) have entered a garage and have stolen various Stihl petrol power tools, including strimmer, hedge cutter and chainsaw. Overnight 9th & 10th July. 0097 11/07/2019

New police officers – recruiting now.

If you enjoy facing challenges and solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe while developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you. Few jobs can be more rewarding than that of a police officer: from day one you’ll be helping to fight crime and protecting people from harm. You’ll quickly find that no two days are the same. Policing is challenging and rewarding. As a police constable, you’ll get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out on a career path that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the trusted, familiar face of Warwickshire Police in the community. We have a strong family ethos, where our friendly teams work closely together to get the job done and where you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one. In return, you’ll receive an attractive starting salary, pension and a whole host of benefits. For further information, visit our recruitment page on  – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/policerecruitment

Schools Out! – Nearly

Next week the schools break up for the six weeks summer holiday. Very occasionally criminals will use this opportunity to target school premises. Please keep an extra eye on schools in your area and if you see anything suspicious please call us on 101 or 999 as required.

And on a nicer note – For the kids looking for something to do, we enclose information from the Stratford Active Communities Team which lists their Summer Activities.

Public Contact Recruitment Open Evening

People who are interested in making a difference to their communities by joining Warwickshire Police in a variety of roles supporting frontline policing will be given a helping hand later this month. The force is running a Public Contact Recruitment Evening at Leek Wootton on Thursday, 18 July, 5.45pm – 9pm. The event will be an opportunity to find out more about a variety of roles, including:

  • Operations Communication Centre staff
  • Telephone Investigators
  • Investigation Management Unit Operators
  • Duties Planning and Support staff
  • Tactical Planning and Resilience Unit staff

The open evening events will be informative and supportive, providing the opportunity to find out more about the hugely varied, interesting and rewarding roles available, ask questions of future colleagues and supervisors to find out about what the job is really like, visit the potential workplace and get answers to process-related queries around the application and vetting processes. Please spread the word to interested family and friends to book their free place now at Eventbrite. Free parking and light refreshments will be available. The open evening are always very popular so its recommended that you reserve a place as soon as possible and if ‘sold out’ add your name to the waiting list. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sold-out-warwickshire-police-public-contact-recruitment-evening-tickets-64597594143

Alcester South SNT Update

Policing on the Stratford District

The Stratford District is blessed with large areas of countryside, in which a significant percentage of our communities live and work. The challenge for the police has always been to deliver a consistent policing service across all areas, in the face of high demands that are brought about by the more densely populated urban areas. Recently in the media there has been coverage of a number of different criminal offences that have occurred in rural areas, albeit those offences are not necessarily connected and have taken place across large geographical areas. Understandably this can lead to a heightened fear of crime within rural communities. Policing these large areas comes with its own unique challenges and unfortunately we can’t be everywhere at all times. We continually use intelligence to plan our patrol routes so our officers are best placed to disrupt criminal activity and provide reassurance to our communities. We also have a number of police bases strategically located across the district, so officers can respond promptly to any ongoing incidents.

However, it is acknowledged that more can be done to address the concerns of rural communities and build trust and confidence whilst maintaining the balance between the provision of policing services into both urban and rural areas. Warwickshire Police is committed to tackling rural crime and to understanding, listening and reacting to the concerns of the community. This includes the prevention, disruption and prosecution of criminal activity across the Stratford District and there are a number of actions that are in place to continue to build on this approach.

  • There is now a police inspector in post who holds dedicated and coordinated responsibility for our approach towards rural crime across the county.
  • A rural crime strategy will shortly be finalised and published that will provide clarity around our approach, focus and commitment. This will reflect and embed the partnership approach that is taken alongside local authorities, other public sector agencies and a host of organisations that represent rural interests.
  • A dedicated Rural Crime Policing Team will be introduced in the autumn. These officers will be experts in their field, will understand the problems experienced in rural communities and will make a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the Stratford District.
  • Policing teams will continue to work in close partnership and share information with Stratford District Council and their Rural Crime Advisors who can provide specialist advice on crime prevention alongside the installation of crime deterrence equipment.
  • Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be holding engagement events and utilise the Mobile Police Station in some of the more isolated villages.
  • There will be continued investment into the Supported Villages Scheme and the promotion of Rural Watch to ensure that communities across the Stratford District are provided with the best protection advice and up to date news on emerging trends or issues that could affect them.
  • There will be an investment into the number of Police Community Support Officers which will benefit parts of the rural Stratford District.
  • Safer Neighbourhood Teams will continue to be the predominant face of policing to communities but there are many other aspects to Warwickshire Police that support the provision of policing services within rural Warwickshire. These include response officers, Special Constables and officers that are dedicated to patrolling the roads network.

The support of the public is a critical factor in the success of tackling rural criminality. Making rural communities even safer places to live, work and visit relies on engagement, partnership working and the confidence of local people to report suspicious activity. Warwickshire Police remain committed to this approach and will build on this over the coming months to make further improvements that rural communities want to see.

Local Policing Commander Chief Supt Ben Smith states: ‘Warwickshire is an extremely safe county and we are fortunate that crime levels are comparatively low, especially in our rural areas. However, I acknowledge that if you have been a victim of crime, or have read about some of the more serious and impactful incidents, you will understandably seek additional assurances about our policing approach in rural communities. It will always be the case that we will have to make difficult decisions on how we best use our resources but, even when budgets have been at their tightest, we have committed to maintaining police numbers across our safer neighbourhood teams. It is now pleasing to be able to update that, as a direct result of the additional monies raised via the policing element of local council tax, we can enhance the policing services that we deliver in rural communities. In addition to what is outlined, we are also now able to put additional officers into our response and investigations teams, which will further enhance policing services to all communities across Warwickshire.’

Stratford District Council Community Safety Manager Karin Stanley states: ‘Stratford-on-Avon District Council is committed to supporting our rural communities by working in partnership with Warwickshire Police to tackle rural crime. Our Rural Crime Adviser, funded by the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, works with individuals & business who have been victims of rural crime providing bespoke crime prevention advice and equipment solutions. We also coordinate the Supported Villages scheme which empowers local communities to get more involved in taking action to protect their own property and possessions and not be a soft target for criminals. We would urge people to always report crimes or suspicious activity to the Police, as having a clear understanding of current crimes and trends helps in tackling it. You cannot underestimate the importance of having vigilant local residents helping to combat rural crime.’

Sneak in thefts

When the weather is hot, we all like to open our windows and doors to allow a good circulation of air. Unfortunately this also is an ideal situation for criminals who prefer the easy option of a ‘sneak in theft’. There are a number of crime prevention tips you can use to stop this type of theft.

Ø  Only leave windows and doors open that you can physically monitor. For example if you are sat in the front of the house make sure the windows and doors at the rear are secure. (and vice versa).

Ø  If you intend to spend some time in the garden make sure that windows and doors that you cannot physically see or monitor are shut and locked.

Ø  Do not put valuable items near to open windows and doors. Put them out of sight and in a secure area.

Ø  Fit a motion alarm or bell to doors to the outside so you know when they open.

Ø  Remove keys from doors and windows once they are locked. Put them somewhere safe but accessible in case of emergencies.

Ø  If you are gardening and using tools make sure that they are marked with your postcode and that they are not left out in the open with public access

Alcester Police South Community Policing Priorities Poll. June 2019

The results are shown below. The top three will be set as policing priorities for the next three months.

  1. 32 x THE GRAFTONS – Patrols to deter vehicle crime and burglaries.,
  2. 28 x GREAT ALNE – Patrols to deter vehicle crime and burglaries.,
  3. 25 x ALCESTER CONWAY ESTATE – Patrols to deter ASB and drug related offences.,

Ø  11 x BIDFORD – Patrols to deter vehicle crime including theft from vehicles.,

Ø  11 x WELFORD – Patrols to deter vehicle crime and burglaries.,

Ø  4 x ALCESTER. EVESHAM ROAD. Speed Checks to deter offences in the 30mph zone.

Ø  00 x BILLESLEY / BINTON AREAS – Patrols to deter vehicle crime including theft from vehicles.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. Millers Close. Secure car broken into and items stolen including an apple IPod, charging cables and cash. Overnight 9th & 10th June. 0300 10/06/2019
  • *Vehicle Crime. Millers Close. Secure car broken into and items stolen including a coat and handbag containing bank cards and passport. Overnight 9th & 10th June. 0176 10/06/2019
  • *Vehicle Crime. Millers Close. Secure car broken into and items stolen including suitcase, sports bag, drill set, new dyson and bag containing clothes and passport. Overnight 9th & 10th June. 0152 10/06/2019 . Intel from the area suggest that there may have been four offenders that were in the close at around 1.20am 10th June.
  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Pool Close. Persons seen to approach vehicle parked in the close. No offences disclosed at the time. This will relate to the thefts in Millers Close. Early hours of the 10th June. 0076 10/06/2019

Theft of vehicle number plates

Vehicle number plate theft is a national problem and has increased in recent years in part due to an increase in the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras. Offenders have looked at ways to hide the identities of their vehicles so they can engage in criminal activity whilst avoiding detection. Number plates are being stolen from vehicles of all makes, models and ages.

How to combat it –

  • Non reversible screws have been developed to help combat this crime. The number plate screws are special one-way devices that cannot be unscrewed once fitted. Any attempt to steal the plate would require force, causing the plate to break. Therefore if the thief steals the plates, they are damaged in such a way that makes them useless for criminal purposes.
  • Traditional number plates are fixed to vehicles using plastic bolts. If non-reversible screws are not available, it is recommended that double sided tape is used instead of plastic bolts. This makes the plate harder to remove and may well lead to the plate breaking and therefore rendering it useless if pulled off. When taking your vehicle for its next garage maintenance visit ask for your car number plates to be attached in this way.
  • Check to see that your vehicle still has its number plates before and after you use it. If you find the plates gone, report to police straight away.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. Chapel Street. Three males disturbed stealing from works van. The offenders got into a Silver BMW which drove off. Various items stolen. 6.30pm Saturday 8th June. 0297 08/06/2019
  • Burglary Residential. Barton Road. Shed broken into and hand tools stolen, including grinders and drills. Between 2ndand 5th June. 0112 05/06/2019
  • Burglary Residential. Barton Road. Barn broken into and items stolen including strimmer, trimmer and chainsaw. Overnight 4th & 5th June. 0075 05/06/2019
  • Burglary Residential. Barton Road. Garage / Barn broken into. Nothing found missing at the time of the report. Overnight 4th & 5th June. 0051 05/06/2019

Man charged with burglary and handling stolen goods – Stratford/Alcester

A man has been charged with burglary and handling stolen goods. Paul Andrews, aged 33 of no fixed abode, was charged on Thursday 6 June with burglary, two counts of handling stolen goods and one count of fraud by false representation. He appeared at Coventry and Warwickshire Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody. He will next appear at Warwick Crown Court on 4 July 2019. The charges relate to four incidents in Alcester and Stratford between 29 January 2019 and 24 May 2019.

Dog Bite related Incidents in Alcester

We have had three incidents reported to us this week relating to people and dogs being attacked / bitten by other dogs that were either loose or not in control. All three reports are unrelated. All three incidents are being investigated and further details are to be obtained regarding the dogs involved and their owners. In one of the resolved cases the injured party has agreed that the dogs owner should be officially spoken to by the Police / Dog Warden. We include below some advice regarding the Law and Dogs:-

Overview – It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere, such as:

  • in a public place
  • in a private place, for example a neighbour’s house or garden
  • in the owner’s home

The law applies to all dogs.

Out of control – Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it:

  • injures someone
  • makes someone worried that it might injure them

A court could also decide that your dog is dangerously out of control if either of the following apply:

  • it attacks someone’s animal
  • the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal

A farmer is allowed to kill your dog if it’s worrying their livestock.

Penalties – You can get an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to 6 months (or both) if your dog is dangerously out of control. You may not be allowed to own a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.

  • If you let your dog injure someone you can be sent to prison for up to 5 years or fined (or both). If you deliberately use your dog to injure someone you could be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
  • If you allow your dog to kill someone you can be sent to prison for up to 14 years or get an unlimited fine (or both).
  • If you allow your dog to injure an assistance dog (for example a guide dog) you can be sent to prison for up to 3 years or fined (or both).