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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
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Long Marston Road. Two males seen on private driveway next to vehicles. Caller concerned regards their motives. No offences disclosed at the time. 1.05am Saturday 4th December. 0017 04/12/2021
  • Theft. Barton Road. Digger stolen and put onto the back of white open backed lorry. Last seen heading through Dorsington. 7.30am Thursday 25th November. 0060 25/11/2021

Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure

Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes – often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower. An opportunistic burglar will try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to break into the main house. Check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.

Think like a thief – Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And keep it locked at all times.

  • Alarm it
  • Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
  • Lock it, hide it or mark it
  • Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
  • Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
  • It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
  • Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
  • Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option.

The top five most common items stolen from sheds

  1. Bikes
  2. Mowers
  3. Sports equipment
  4. Power tools
  5. Garden tools

Neighbourhood Watch

Local Neighbourhood Watch schemes work in a variety of ways that reflect the needs of the local community. This includes: sharing crime prevention advice and information; running awareness campaigns; holding social events and awards for local people and businesses; leading community projects, such as litter picks, a community café, flood defence response, presentations in schools and work with young people and children and community messaging with the police. For further information on the work of the NHW and instructions on how to create or join a scheme, visit here – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

The Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch page can be found here – http://warwickshirenwa.ourwatch.org.uk/

Vehicle Crime

Here are a few crime prevention tips to deter vehicle crime.

  • 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 an area that 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. Active crimes where the offenders are still at the scene can be reported on 999.
  • For further advice visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/

Street Safe

The force is supporting StreetSafe a new national online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe. The system – which is primarily aimed at women and girls – allows members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that caused them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe. Superintendent Mike Smith, community and response policing lead for Warwickshire Police, said: “We’re pleased to support and promote this national initiative. Everyone has a right to walk the streets safely and we are committed to ensuring this happens. A key part of this is tackling violence against women. “We will use the information collected using this tool alongside other community intelligence to identify areas of concern and put measures in place to address them.”

More information – https://bit.ly/3DIF6gO

Access StreetSafe – www.police.uk/StreetSafe

Catalytic converter theft protection advice

Did you know a thief can steal a catalytic converter in a matter of minutes? Most vehicles have catalytic converters, which can be stolen for the value of the precious metals or illegally re-sold. We’ve seen a recent spate in catalytic converter thefts across the county. Thieves tend to target hybrid cars – including models such as the Toyota Prius, Auris, Honda Jazz and Lexus – as the value of their converter is higher and they can be accessed more easily with a jack.

The simplest way to prevent catalytic converter theft is to put your vehicle in a garage or secured area if you have one. Alarms, lighting and CCTV can also help to deter thieves.

Other ways to protect your vehicle include:

  • •buying and fitting a protection device specifically to cover the catalytic converter
  • •installing motion-activated lighting if you park your vehicle on a driveway, but if this isn’t possible, park it in a well-lit, busy area
  • •using your vehicle’s alarm or installing a Thatcham approved alarm, which should activate if the vehicle is tilted or lifted
  • •ensuring your dashcam is set to detect movement
  • •looking out for anyone ‘working’ or acting suspiciously under vehicles (particularly in busy car parks)
  • •avoid parking half on and half off the pavement as this makes it easier for thieves to access underneath the vehicle

In addition, if you are going to be visiting somewhere for a long period of time (e.g. a supermarket), we would advise you to park so it is difficult for thieves to lift your vehicle. Marking kits are available which can assist police investigations as converters can be tracked back to the vehicle they came from if located. Please call 101 to report any  incident and always dial 999 if you see a crime in action.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Arson. Headland Close. Book put onto the roof of car and set on fire. Fire put out but damage caused to the roof of the car which was parked on the driveway. 2.15am 12th November. 0029 12/11/2021

 

Alcester South SNT Update

Public Contact Survey 2021

Warwickshire Police is committed to being able to deliver an effective and appropriate response to all requests for service.  We appreciate it can be a traumatic and difficult time when you may need to contact the police and therefore we are continuously seeking ways to improve the experience, not least at the very first point of contact you have with the force. To help inform our understanding of how people wish to contact and engage with the force and the services provided, we invite you to participate in a survey. The purpose of this survey is to understand the views of the public and how you interact with the police to help us learn, adapt and improve our services.   https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=163153197663

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Duck Lane. Persons seen on driveway with a torch looking at vehicle. Alarm also activated. Area search made by police. Nothing untoward found. No damage caused. 1.10am Monday 11th October. 0014 11/10/2021

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Vehicle Crime. High Street. Blue Audi Quattro Q7 stolen from outside property without ‘keys’. Overnight 8th & 9th October. 0190 09/10/2021

Neighbourhood Watch

Local Neighbourhood Watch schemes work in a variety of ways that reflect the needs of the local community. This includes: sharing crime prevention advice and information; running awareness campaigns; holding social events and awards for local people and businesses; leading community projects, such as litter picks, a community café, flood defence response, presentations in schools and work with young people and children and community messaging with the police. For further information on the work of the NHW and instructions on how to create or join a scheme, visit here – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

The Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch page can be found here – http://warwickshirenwa.ourwatch.org.uk/

Vehicle Crime

Here are a few crime prevention tips to deter vehicle crime.

  • 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 an area that 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. Active crimes where the offenders are still at the scene can be reported on 999.
  • For further advice visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/

Street Safe

The force is supporting StreetSafe a new national online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe. The system – which is primarily aimed at women and girls – allows members of the public to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that caused them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe. Superintendent Mike Smith, community and response policing lead for Warwickshire Police, said: “We’re pleased to support and promote this national initiative. Everyone has a right to walk the streets safely and we are committed to ensuring this happens. A key part of this is tackling violence against women. “We will use the information collected using this tool alongside other community intelligence to identify areas of concern and put measures in place to address them.”

More information – https://bit.ly/3DIF6gO

Access StreetSafe – www.police.uk/StreetSafe

Alcester South SNT Update

Neighbourhood Watch

Local Neighbourhood Watch schemes work in a variety of ways that reflect the needs of the local community. This includes: sharing crime prevention advice and information; running awareness campaigns; holding social events and awards for local people and businesses; leading community projects, such as litter picks, a community café, flood defence response, presentations in schools and work with young people and children and community messaging with the police. For further information on the work of the NHW and instructions on how to create or join a scheme, visit here – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

The Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch page can be found here – http://warwickshirenwa.ourwatch.org.uk/

Vehicle Crime

Here are a few crime prevention tips to deter vehicle crime.

  • 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 an area that 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. Active crimes where the offenders are still at the scene can be reported on 999.
  • For further advice visit – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Barton Road. Persons wearing balaclavas seen on site. No further details. No offences disclosed at the time. 12 midnight 13th / 14th August. 0103 16/08/2021

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary. Samantha Close. Two men have forced their way into house and were then challenged by the occupants. A struggle took place before the offenders made off on foot, possibly towards the High Street area. 12.45am Saturday 14th August. 0012 14/08/2021
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Barton Croft. Two men seen going door to door selling items from a bag. One of the males was seen to take photos of houses. Descriptions of the men passed to police. 5.20pm Thursday 12th August. 0307 12/08/2021

Welcome to Warwickshire Connected

Get connected with what is happening in your local area, keep up to date and get involved in shaping what goes on where you live or work. Warwickshire Connected is a free messaging service brought to you by Warwickshire Police where you decide when and how you hear about the issues that matter most to you, whether that be getting regular crime updates, the latest information on ongoing incidents and emergencies or learning more about what your local police are doing. This is also the place where you can get involved in helping to make your local area a safer place, tell us what police should be doing in your area, shape the initiatives that help to keep people and property safe and tell us what matters are causing your communities harm. Sign up here – https://www.warwickshireconnected.com/#SignUp

Make The Right Call

To help people contact the right service first time, there are a number of pages on our website which advise who the best agency is to speak to on issues including fly-tipping, noise complaints and parking, as well as reporting abuse on social media – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/police-forces/warwickshire-police/areas/warwickshire-police/campaigns/campaigns/2019/make-the-right-call/

You can also play our interactive game to give you an idea of the daily pressures on our control room and encourage our communities to #MakeTheRightCall  The game uses examples of genuine 999 and 101 calls received by police which players must decide how to respond to against the clock. The options are to deploy officers, resolve over the phone, refer to a partner agency or take no action. Click her to play – https://warwickshirepolice.github.io/MakeTheRightCall/

Issues that are a police matter should be reported to us as soon as possible. Where there is a threat to life or an active crime in progress the 999 system can be used. Issues that are not an emergency can be reported to us on the 101 system or via our online reporting forms – https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/   The quicker you tell us about an issue the quicker the incident can be reviewed and actioned appropriately.

Alcester South SNT Update

  •  Vehicle Crime. Cress Hill Meadow. Van entered and tools stolen while owner was working nearby. Items included a Stihl leaf blower and a Stihl hedge trimmer. 5.30pm Thursday 5th August. 0186 06/08/2021
  • *Vehicle Crime. Chapel Close. Van entered and tools stolen, including Dewalt drills. Early morning of Wednesday 4th August. 0310 04/08/2021
  • *Theft. B438,. Males waving down cars in the layby by the Welford turning. Caller has stopped and the males have asked for money to pay for petrol. While doing this one of the males has reached into the callers cars and has taken cash out of a bag. The offenders were in a silver estate car. Afternoon of Monday 2nd August. 0210 02/08/2021

Free security catalytic converter marking

This project is only for residents who reside in Warwickshire. Owners of Fords, BMWs, Mazda’s, Toyota Auris / Prius and Honda Jazz’s that have catalytic converters can contact one of the below local garages to organise a suitable time and date to get the catalytic converter security marked. This service is free and bookings will be at the garages discretion.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Kwik Fit Stratford, Guild St, Warwick Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PS

Contact – 01789 415855 Manager – Craig

Studley

Studley Autos, Unit 5, Victoria Works, Birmingham Rd, Studley B80 7AP

Manager – John Holt 01527 853232