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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
  • 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/

Alcester South SNT Update

Car key burglary advice

We are taking this opportunity to offer crime prevention advice to car owners following a number of burglaries in the south of the county. In recent weeks, several homes have been broken into in an attempt to steal car keys and vehicles from properties.

We would always encourage people to be vigilant with their vehicle security and take on board the below crime prevention measures in a bid to deter thieves:

  • •keeping your keys/fobs and valuables out of sight
  • •locking your car away safely in the garage, if you have one
  • •fitting a high quality alarm to your vehicle
  • •using additional security systems such as immobilisers and visible security locks
  • •if you have gates on your property, keep them locked where possible
  • •always taking keys with you when leaving the vehicle unattended
  • •making sure doors, windows, the boot and sunroof are secure whenever you leave your vehicle
  • •if you own more than one vehicle, parking the lesser valued vehicle behind  the more expensive one on the driveway, making it more difficult to remove

Chief Superintendent Ben Smith said: “We have had a number of car key burglaries, and what we believe to be attempted car key burglaries, in the south Warwickshire area recently. “We strive to do all we can to protect those in the community from harm and as part of this, officers routinely patrol the areas and will continue to do so. “Perpetrators of this type of crime often target specific vehicles, based on demand and value. “If a criminal is targeting a certain vehicle they will also be targeting the owner, looking for easy ways to exploit their security and get to their keys. “The most common methods used by thieves are to follow victims home or drive around residential areas looking for opportunities. “If you think you are being followed or see any suspicious vehicles, take down the registration number and report it to police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. “We would also like to remind people not to leave valuables on show in their vehicles as this can allow opportunistic thieves to strike. “Equally, in cold weather do not leave your engine running while you wait inside for the windscreen to defrost. “Car key burglary is an issue that we do not take lightly and where someone has been a victim, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances around this.”

Home security advice

Warwickshire Police is issuing home security advice to residents with darker evenings drawing in. Top of the list for crime prevention tips that will protect your home is to ensure your home does not look as if no one is at home as the darker evenings draw in. Det Insp Ruby Nailor said: “In order to protect your property as we approach darker nights, please take extra care to secure your valuables and property. At this time of year when the nights draw in, we may see an increase in house burglaries, as well as thefts from cars. “Our officers do regular patrols, but I would also advise people – especially at this time of year – to please think about their home and vehicle safety. “Carrying out a few simple home security steps can help to reduce the chances of being burgled.”

Please see the following advice:

  • A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in – use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out.
  • Save energy and money with low-energy light bulbs.
  • Lock windows and doors and keep gates and side entrances well secured.
  • Keep cars locked and remove any valuable items from display.
  • If you can, park your car somewhere that is well lit rather than a secluded street.
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you set it when you go out and before you go to bed.
  • Don’t leave car keys or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them.
  • Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Don’t leave tools lying around in the garden that could be used to break in to your home.
  • Invest in external lighting.
  • For more crime prevention advice visit our crime and safety pages: www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

Warwickshire Police takes part in National Road Safety Week of activity

Warwickshire Police is taking part in national Road Safety Week between 18 – 24 Nov 2019. The week is an opportunity to highlight road safety and thousands of schools, communities and organisations take part across the country. The theme for Road Safety Week 2019 is ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ and the week long campaign aims to encourage everyone to step up and play a part in making our roads safer. In 2018, 35 people were killed and 325 people were seriously injured on Warwickshire’s Roads. Reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads has been set as a priority for Warwickshire Police and we will be working with partners across Warwickshire to help achieve this.

Inspector Jem Mountford said “The week provides an opportunity for officers and staff to step up to highlight their vital role in helping keep people safe on the county’s roads and conduct enforcement activity. We will also be using social media to raise awareness of the Road Safety Week and putting out messages to encourage communities to stay safe on Warwickshire’s roads.” If you would like to follow road safety week, we will be using the hash tags #RoadSafetyWeek and #StepUp. You can also follow the relevant Twitter accounts: @opuwarks @warkspolice @brakecharity . For more information click here http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Binton Road. Five males seen acting suspiciously in the area. They were seen to go into the wooded area with dogs, possibly to go rabbiting. They were in a vehicle parked nearby. 3.30pm Thursday 17th October. 0264 17/10/2019

Theft of number plates

Unfortunately the theft of number plates is a regular occurrence across our area and the country as a whole. They are re-used by criminals in order to ‘disguise’ vehicles. They can then travel around without being detected by the authorities or members of the public. There are a number of things that car owners can do to prevent or hinder the theft of their own number plates:-

  • Anti-Theft Screws – These can only be removed by special tools once fitted. This will hinder any attempts of theft using normal tools.
  • Strong double sided tape  / Glue – This will fix the majority of the plate to the body work of the car and will often cause the plate to snap if forced off.
  • Anti-Theft Plates – These are made so they will break apart if removed from the car with force.
  • Check they are still there – A quick check to make sure the plates are still there before and after use will make sure that if they are stolen you can report to the police as soon as possible.

Have a safe Halloween

  • Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating – Young people should never go trick or treating alone.
  • Do not knock on the doors of strangers – only go to people you know. Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Always keep to well-lit areas.
  • Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch.
  • Remember road safety.
  • Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community.
  • Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.
  • Keep your tricks within the law – anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.
  • Do not visit those houses that have the ‘No trick or treating’ poster on show.
  • Those houses that are taking part in Halloween usually have the front of their premises decorated.

For  details of Have a Safe Halloween Poster see Have a Safe Halloween

For details of No Trick or Treat Poster see Halloween no trick or treat

Fireworks safety

Fireworks are great fun but it is important to remember that they can also cause distress and injuries if not handled properly. If you are using fireworks at home simply follow our guidelines to ensure you have a safe but fun bonfire night.

  • •Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • •It is illegal to supply fireworks to persons under the age of 18.
  • •Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
  • •It is an offence for under 18’s to have fireworks in a public place.
  • •You should never throw or set off a firework in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
  • •You’re not allowed to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on Bonfire night whereby the curfew is midnight to 7am. New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, curfew is 1am.
  • •Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under 18 will be confiscated.
  • •Never use any kind of accelerant i.e. petrol to start a bonfire.
  • •Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
  • •Ensure your fireworks comply with British Standard 7114 or the European equivalents.
  • •Remember, if you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to six months or your parents or carers could receive a fine.

You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • •15 October – 10 November
  • •26 – 31 December
  • •3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

For details of Fireworks and Animal Safety Poster see Fireworks and animals

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary. Church Lane. Garden shed broken into. Nothing believed stolen at the time. Between 2nd & 7th October. 0257 07/10/2019
  • Vehicle Crime. Mill Lane. Rear number plate stolen from car. Between 5th & 6th October. 0159 06/10/2019

Theft of number plates

Unfortunately the theft of number plates is a regular occurrence across our area and the country as a whole. They are re-used by criminals in order to ‘disguise’ vehicles. They can then travel around without being detected by the authorities or members of the public. There are a number of things that car owners can do to prevent or hinder the theft of their own number plates:-

  • Anti-Theft Screws – These can only be removed by special tools once fitted. This will hinder any attempts of theft using normal tools.
  • Strong double sided tape  / Glue – This will fix the majority of the plate to the body work of the car and will often cause the plate to snap if forced off.
  • Anti-Theft Plates – These are made so they will break apart if removed from the car with force.
  • Check they are still there – A quick check to make sure the plates are still there before and after use will make sure that if they are stolen you can report to the police as soon as possible.

Alcester South SNT Update

Latest Community Policing Priorities Poll Results

As we move towards a stand-alone website for Warwickshire Police, the latest Poll was created on Facebook. Thank you to everyone that took part. We had a very good response and the Poll was seen by over three thousand people. The next Poll will take place at the end of December. The three suggestions with the most Likes (Votes) were:-

  1. Alcester Town Centre. Patrols to deter and deal with theft. Especially near to the cashpoints.
  2. Alcester Conway Estate Area. Patrols to deter and deal with anti-social behaviour.
  3. The Graftons. Patrols to deter burglary offences.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Drugs. High Street. Vehicle stopped by police patrol. As a result of suspicions raised the occupant and vehicle were searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Two small bags of cannabis were found and the driver of the car admitted they were his. He was dealt with by way of a Street Caution. 12.20am Monday 23rd September. Crime No: 23/39900/19