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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

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Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. Barton Road. Hole cut in side of works van and entry made. The alarm activated and the offenders left the area. Nothing believed stolen. 3.20am Monday 11th January. 0023 11/01/2021

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Binton Road. Logs stolen from conservation area. Between 23rd December and 3rd January. 0243 08/01/2021
  • Vehicle Crime. Chapel Street. Hole cut in side door of works van and entry gained. Nothing believed stolen at the time. Overnight 3rd & 4th January. 0127 04/01/2021

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. Willow Bank. Vehicle opened and items stolen from inside including cash and a horse riding helmet. Overnight 16th & 17th December. 0292 17/12/2020
  • Attempt Burglary. Barton Orchards. Tool marks found on window indicating that someone had tried to gain access. This was not achieved. Evening of Thursday 10th December. 0162 15/12/2020 (Reported on the 15th).

Alcester South SNT Update

Warwickshire Police supports national campaign to target those driving under the influence of drink or drugs over the festive period

Warwickshire Police is supporting the National Police Chiefs Council campaign to target those driving under the influence of drink or drugs over the festive period to improve the safety of our roads for everyone. Officers are also asking drivers to help support our NHS by not being tempted to drive under the influence of drink or drugs because it is clear this puts lives at risk. Over the two year period 2018 and 2019, drink was cited as a causation factor in 98 collisions, resulting in two people losing their lives and many more suffering serious injuries. The national statistics are even more stark with recent DfT figures showing that in 2018 an estimated 8,680 people were killed or injured when at least one driver was over the drink drive limit.

To put the risk into perspective, if you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road collision than a driver who hasn’t been drinking. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no fool proof way of drinking and staying under the limit or of knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely, so the best advice is – don’t drink if you are going to drive. Whilst our collision statistics for alcohol have remained constant despite lockdown it would appear that drug driving is increasing in Warwickshire reflecting the national picture. For 2019 there were 19 road traffic collisions where illegal or medicinal drugs, were cited as a causation factor and 2 fatalities. This is compared to 2018 when drugs were a causation factor in 10 road traffic collisions and 2 fatalities. This is a 100% increase in the number of collisions. The number of arrests for drug driving has also increased. Between April and September 2020, 68 drivers were arrested for drug driving compared to the same period in 2019 when 59 people were arrested.

Taking drugs will also impair driving skills. Driving whilst under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect driving in numerous ways. Drug drivers can suffer from slower reaction times, erratic and aggressive behaviour, an inability to concentrate properly, nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks, paranoia, tremors or ‘the shakes’, dizziness and fatigue. Research by Essex Police links drug driving to criminality with around half of those arrested having links to a criminal lifestyle including violent crime and drug offences and detecting drug drivers provides an opportunity to potentially disrupt other criminal activity.

Warwickshire Police is also warning motorists who drink or drug drive, that the chances of being caught are high. Inspector Jem Mountford said “With COVID-19, the campaign is even more important this year and all front line officers including Patrol, SNT, Vehicle Crime Teams and OPU will be using police powers to stop and test drivers for drink and drug driving. As well as detecting offenders, officers will be using the opportunity to help educate the public of the dangers of drink and drug driving. “We will be looking for people at all times of the day and night. Just because you haven’t been out at the pub – drinking at home can still leave you over the limit the next morning and we will certainly be checking drivers then too.” It is hoped that the high visibility policing activity will help increase public reassurance and confidence.

Warwickshire Police will be publicising arrests made during December and January for drink or drug driving as part of their push to change people’s behaviour and reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads. Officers are also asking the public to provide intelligence about anyone they believe may be drink or drug driving in Warwickshire to police by dialling 101. Reports can also be made anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Follow us on Facebook @WarwickshirePolice and Twitter @WarksPolice @OPUWarks or visit the news section of our website for arrest details. We will also be using the hashtags #MoreDrugsThanDrink #Dontdrinkdrive

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary. Church Lane. Premises broken into and car keys stolen. Subsequently an Audi A5 was also stolen. The Audi has then crashed shortly after the theft on the Dorsington Road. Area search made by police units and police helicopter. Around 8.40pm Sunday 1st November. 0370 01/11/2020

Online Child Safety

Every so often a new game that can be downloaded onto phones and computers raises concerns for child safety. One such game that has recently come to notice is ‘Cunch-line Chronicles’. Although it is rated as an 18, this would still be widely available to youngsters. It describes itself as “a light hearted, satirical take on the darker side of urban UK culture”. The game allows users to organise and run virtual cross border drug dealing which includes recruiting children to deliver the drugs and to also set up a house to run the operation from. Something for parents and carers to be aware of just in case it is mentioned, so that appropriate advice can be given. More information on online safety can be found here:- https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/        More information can be found on this particular game via Google etc.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Barton Road. Diesel Wacker plate stolen from building compound. Between 9th & 12th October. 0193 19/10/2020
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Hunt Hall Lane. Secure vehicle tampered with on private land. Nothing believed damaged or stolen at the time of the report. Between 30th & 31st October. 0490 31/10/2020
  • Theft. Binton Road. Four traffic dome shaped cctv units stolen. Between 28th & 29th October. 0216 30/10/2020
  • Vehicle Crime. Car park, Long Marston Road. Purse and bank cards stolen from car. Cards then used a couple of times before they were cancelled. Reported Thursday 29th October. 0308 29/10/2020

Vehicle Crime

There are a number of offences in the report this week relating to vehicles being entered and items stolen. Some of these in particular relate to cars that have been left by walkers / dog walkers in rural car parks.

  • Always lock your vehicle. Whether it’s in the garage, on the driveway of your house, unattended for a few seconds or in an isolated car park, lock it and activate any alarm system.
  • Always remove valuable items from the vehicle. If this cannot be done the items must be removed from view and secured in a glove box or boot.
  • Fit an alarm that will activate on movement in the vehicle. An alarm that can notify you in real time that there is a problem is extremely useful.
  • Items such as tools and machinery that cannot be removed can be secured in lockers and security marked with high visibility paint etc.
  • If available, park your vehicle in a location that is covered by CCTV, overlooked by houses or is in constant use.
  • Use anti-theft screws and sticky pads for number plates. If you have a plate that is stolen, replace it with one that has a different design so it is distinguishable from the stolen plate.
  • If you see or hear any suspicious activity around a car or car park, ring 101 to report straight away.
  • For further advice visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/

Bonfire Night – Remember! Remember!

As well as the advice below, please follow the current government covid regulations.

  • ✗ It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. Maximum penalty of £5000 and/or six months in prison.
  • ✗ It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (Bonfire night extended until 12 midnight).
  • ✗ It is illegal to let off any firework in a public place and this carries a fine of up to £5000. Police may also issue an £90 Fixed Penalty Notice.
  • ✗ All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standard BS 7114.
  • ✗ The police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks.
  • ✗ The sale of banger, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (squibs, helicopters etc), aerial shells and maroons is illegal.
  • ✗ Irresponsible use of fireworks can damage property, cause injury, scare people (particularly the elderly) and frighten animals.
  • v  For advice on how to keep you pets safe during Bonfire night, visit the RSPCA page here – https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks

Covid-19

From the 5th November we will be under the guidance of further restrictions. Please follow the government guidance which can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Breaches of the covid laws can be reported to us, using this online form – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/c19/tell-us-about-possible-breach-coronavirus-measures/

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Theft. Two Acre Lane. Timber and cement mixer stolen from site. Overnight 16th & 17th October. 0125 17/10/2020

**FAO FARM OWNERS** Farm Mapping Initiative

Our Rural Crime Team are collating contact and location information regarding Farms on our area. This will only relate to a small number of people on our email circulation list. Please forward it to anyone it may relate to.

Completed forms or any queries should be sent to PC Andy King. His contact details are –

Farm Mapping Form – Farm Mapping form V7

Alcester South SNT Update

Door to Door Sellers – “Nottingham Knockers”

We have had several reports this week of men going door to door, trying to sell items from holdalls. Here is some information about this type of call.

  • It is believed that this type of door to door selling originated in the Nottingham area and the name has stuck.
  • It is unlikely that they are part of any prison or young offenders rehabilitation scheme. If they are, they will have official identification and will be happy to produce it.
  • They should carry a Pedlars Certificate issued by the police area they live in. This certificate should be produced on request.
  • They join groups of other sellers and are given the low cost items to sell by a ‘group organiser’ who will drive them around the country.
  • They are allowed to keep any money raised over the actual cost of the items and this is why the prices are usually much higher than they should be.
  • This need to sell cheap items at high prices can lead to them pressurising residents. Unfortunately this sometimes means the vulnerable are targeted, as they will often buy something out of goodwill or in order to move the seller on quicker.
  • It is possible that in some cases reported around the country a small minority of sellers will use the opportunity to check out premises and people for future burglary and theft offences.
  • If you have a seller at your door and you feel that they are not complying with the law or they are acting suspiciously then call the police straight away on 101 to report.
  • There are legitimate representatives that go door to door taking orders for new windows and building work etc.
  • Put a sign on or near to your door saying that door to door sellers are not welcome. If in doubt, do not answer the door. Consider using a video doorbell to monitor any callers.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime – Interference. Car park, Binton Road. Damage caused to doors on works van, probably with the intention to gain entry. This was not achieved. Reported 29th September. 0099 29/09/2020
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Samantha Close. Male seen knocking on door to house, but then left trying not to be seen. He went and got into the passenger side of a large dark coloured car parked nearby. Described as a white male, fair hair, wearing a beige jumper and blue jeans. 6.30pm Monday 28th September. 0348 28/09/2020 No offences disclosed.

Warwickshire Police is committed to playing our part in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.

Preventing the spread of the virus is a shared effort in which we will continue to play a critical role alongside health colleagues, Government, businesses, local authorities and our communities.

Under the new rules, people may not participate in social gatherings, in any place, in groups of more than 6.  These rules apply across England, to all ages, to gatherings indoors and outdoors, in private homes, public outdoor spaces and venues such as pubs and restaurants, and these rules replace all previous regulations.

  • The rules are clear and we all have a personal responsibility for following them to help stop of the spread of this deadly virus.
  • The vast majority of the public have followed the restrictions so far, making sacrifices to do so. We expect people will also take the new regulations seriously to protect themselves and their friends and family.
  • Our approach to the new regulations will be to continue engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the rules.
  • We will disperse groups of over six and issue fines to those who refuse to comply.
  • In most situations, police officers can resolve breaches without having to issue a fine. Where people just won’t listen, and are putting everyone at risk, we will take enforcement action.
  • We will ensure we pay particular attention to those who regularly flout the rules and those areas where we are seeing the greatest numbers of COVID-19 cases.
  • The force is particularly busy at this time and we ask that the public support us in this focus and where possible report breaches via our website (www.warwickshire.police.uk).
  • Possible breaches of the Covid rules can be reported to us via our online reporting form.

Crime Prevention Advice – Leaving your home checklist

Whenever you go out, it’s important to leave your home secure. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, but important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. Here’s our quick reminder on what to do just before you go out.

Become a creature of habit – Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

  • close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
  • double-lock any door
  • make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • set your burglar alarm. An alarm that is able to notify you of any problems is always recommended.
  • make sure the side gate is locked
  • lock your shed or garage
  • lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

Going away? – Here are five tips to help you keep your home and belongings stay safe while you’re away:

1.if you’re off on holiday and wish to post anything on social media, make sure your posts aren’t public and that they’re only seen by your friends

2.leave lights and a radio on a timer to make the property appear occupied

3.get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or resident Watch Scheme

4.consider asking your neighbours to close curtains after dark and to park on your drive

5.remember to cancel newspaper and milk deliveries