Online booking is now open for our Sprin

Online booking is now open for our Spring Community Safety Day- Sat 18th March 09:30- 12:30 at South Cambs District Council, Cambourne. Neighbourhood Watch Member? Parish Councillor? Come along and take part in a series of workshops to learn how to help your community.

We will have representatives from

Cambridgeshire County Council- On cold-calling zones and scam awareness
South Cambs Police- How to help tackle speeding and parking issues
Cambs Fire and Rescue- Protecting the vulnerable in the community
Neighbourhood Watch- How to get the most out of your scheme.

It will be a great morning and a chance to learn more about how to make your community safer working together with all the local agencies.

Refreshments will be provided and places are free on a first come, first served basis. To book your place just visit:

South Cambridgeshire police panel meetings

As you may be aware we hold panel meetings for each Sector every quarter, residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next four months. Anyone can attend the meetings. The next South Cambs Police panel meetings are to be held as follows:

Cambourne Sector –  Panel Meeting –  to be held on 21/2/1017 at  7.30 p.m.  at the Common Room,  Melbourn Village College, The Moor, Melbourn, Royston SG8 6EF  

Histon Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 22/2/2017 at 7.30 p.m. at  Orchard park community centre, Central Ave, Cambridge CB4 2EZ  

Sawston Sector – Panel Meeting – to be held on 23/2/1017 at 7.30 p.m. at Sawston Village College, Room G5, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BP

At the meeting you will find out what South Cambs Police have been doing over the last quarter and you will have the opportunity to ask questions or tell us about a problem in your area. From your input, we then decide at the meeting which problems the police will prioritise for the next quarter.

If you are unable to attend in person you can follow us on twitter@southcambscops. Just before the meeting starts we will post a link on our twitter feed. Click on this link and it will take you straight through to the live-stream of the meeting.

Please see a copy of the February 2017 panel document below.


We look forward to seeing you there.



Parking- A New Approach Parking- it’s a

Parking- A New Approach

Parking- it’s a perennial concern in many of the villages of South Cambs. My difficulty as Area Commander is how to balance the desire from local communities to see parking enforcement with tackling the policing priorities: investigating serious crime, preventing crime and making sure that we get to the emergency calls.

It’s a little known fact that we don’t have traffic wardens anymore (and never will again). Our PCSOs have ‘inherited’ parking enforcement powers but they are *not* traffic wardens: they have so many important duties and responsibilities that they just can’t dedicated as much time to parking enforcement as some people would like. Most police officers themselves are far too busy to be able to spend much time issuing parking tickets.

I don’t like to make excuses- but in South Cambs we’ll record between one – two dozen crimes that need to be investigated every single day. We record about 2000 incidents a month and when officers aren’t either investigating crime or answering calls for service they have 105 parishes and a whopping 4500 streets to patrol: they can only do so much. When we do have some time I like officers to be out with the speed gun- speeding is a major cause of accidents and death on the roads and I believe that this has to take priority over parking.

Parking itself isn’t always as straightforward as people imagine. Unlike speeding which is an absolute offence, the laws on parking are a bit more complex. Double yellow lines are straight forward enough but some people can still legitimately park on double yellow lines. Parking on a pavement is annoying but there is not a specific offence to be parked on the pavement or verge (the offence is to *drive* on the pavement, not to be parked on it). Police do have general powers to deal with vehicles that are left in a dangerous position but most of the reports we receive are of inconsiderate or illegal parking- not dangerous parking.

Now, this isn’t really an issue in most towns and cities- where parking has been de-criminalised. In Cambridge City for example, the police do not play a part in parking enforcement: that’s all left to civilian parking enforcement officers. However in one or two places- South Cambs being one- parking has not yet been de-criminalised and so remains the responsibility of the police.

So why not decriminalise? Well, even a bare-bones enforcement operation would cost about £150’000. It is very unlikely that the money would be recovered in penalty notices: we know from experience that South Cambs is such a big area that even when we focus on a particular set of villages the number of tickets issues is very low: far too low to cover the costs of enforcement (on average about one ticket every two hours by a PCSO who is really looking for offenders).

So, what to do? As the Area Commander responsible for delivering your local policing services it’s my job to strike a balance between local priorities and dealing with the other demands on the police- some of you don’t believe that we’ve struck the right balance yet and want us to do more. I’ve been giving this some though recently and I’ve come up with the following plan.

Firstly- you can report concerns about parking directly here:

This information goes directly to me and allows me to build up a picture of exactly where and when parking is an issue.

Secondly, I’m going to use this information to run occasional ‘crack-down’ days: targeted patrols using volunteer Special Constables and some of your local PCSOs to focus on the areas that we’ve identified as parking ‘hot spots’. There is good evidence that crack-downs can work in other areas of policing so we will try it for parking.

For obvious reasons I’m not going to publicise the dates of the crack-downs and they won’t be all the time- our response has got to be balanced. However, I’m hoping that you do see some improvement and we will feedback to you via twitter, ecops and this blog on how we get on.

So… over to you: let me know where illegal parking is a problem and I’ll target some resources at it. I may go out and issue a few tickets myself. It’s been a while but I have my ticket book somewhere…

Chief Inspector James Sutherland
Area Commander- South Cambs

Join our 100 Club

Cambridgeshire police are looking for help from the public to get views and opinions about the force’s work, policies and procedures.

The force is launching the 100 Club, a virtual participation group which will allow it to get quick feedback from a cross section of the public about issues that are affecting policing and the county.

The scheme is initially aiming for 100 club members but it is hoped more people will want to get involved to represent a wide cross section of all communities, faith groups, ages and nationalities.

Participants will be sent at least one short email a fortnight with information and a link to a quick survey
or poll.

The 100 Club will supplement other external scrutiny including a new forcewide External Ethics Committee.

Chief Inspector Mark Greenhalgh, who is leading the scheme, said: “We hope this will be a great way to get regular snapshots about the views and opinions of the public but we will need your help to make it a success.”

“We are here to serve the people of Cambridgeshire and your views about the force are extremely important to us.”

“This is a great way for you to get involved and to help us to make sure we are providing you with the best possible service.”

Anyone wishing to be part of the 100 Club should email They will then be sent a link to an initial short survey and signed up to the newsletter.


Inspector 0702 Louise Angel

Operational Policy and Development

Partnerships and Operational Support

Mobex 7112215

Mobile 07738 025275

OPERATION HUNTER- Burglary and crime pre

OPERATION HUNTER- Burglary and crime prevention awareness event in Comberton Village Hall, Green End, tonight 17:00-20:00hrs.

Please come down and talk to us. We will be giving advice around crime prevention and offering home security surveys to those who feel their home security might need improving.

The Chief inspector will also be giving a small presentation at 18:30hrs and looks forward to seeing you all there!

Cambridgeshire Police

Op Hunter security event – Comberton

Wednesday 15 February at Comberton village hall, Green End, Comberton, CB23 7BZ

17:00 – 20:00 hrs

Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be holding a security event to provide home security advice and information for local residents to help reduce burglary offences.

Local neighbourhood officers and staff will be available to speak to regarding home security, and there will also be security products on sale at a discounted rate, as well as information about property registration and coding.

Neighbourhood officers will be patrolling and visiting local streets, to increase security awareness.

Do come along to find out more.

Insert pun here… Serving himself up as

Insert pun here…

Serving himself up as the best ‘caption competition’ photo in the history of South Cambs Police, meet PC Lewis Newton and ‘friend’. PC Newton was called into action when members of public spotted a pig on the loose near the road and feared it might cause an accident. Fortunately pig and owner were soon reunited and PC Newton was able to return to his regular non-pig related duties.

“It was quite strong” remarked a surprised PC Newton, who would definitely struggle to identify a British Saddleback from a Gloucester Old-Spot. Every day’s a school day…


Theft from Motor Vehicle crime series update

Theft from motor vehicle  crime series update

My name is Alex Dopadlik and I am a Police Officer working in the Criminal Investigation Department for South Cambs Police based at Cambourne Police Station. I write to provide an update on an issue from last year and to provide some simple crime prevention advice that can help you from becoming a victim of crime in the future, as theft from motor vehicles are still occurring.

In the latter half of 2016 Police investigated a spree of thefts from motor vehicles and attempted thefts from vehicles in the villages in South Cambs. Namely Great and Little Shelford, Harston, Hauxton and Stapleford. Some of you may recall this, either having unfortunately fallen foul of this spree of offending or hearing from friends and neighbours of their own misfortune.

Beginning in April 2016 and sustained over a period of around 7 weeks, there were 41 recorded offences of either theft from a motor vehicle or attempted theft from a motor vehicle. This series of offences represented a significant spike in this type of offence in the local area.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these offences when looked at individually, yielded no lines of enquiry for us as the offences had occurred overnight, there were no witnesses and many victims did not have CCTV. While a specialist scenes of crime officer is normally despatched to this type of offence, no forensic evidence was recovered. However, fortunately one home owner did have CCTV from one of the offences, which gave us a suspect and this person was identified and arrested.

Following the arrest of the suspect and a lengthy investigation process, the male was summonsed to court for the offence of vehicle interference. The man pleaded guilty in November 2016 and was fined significantly.

After the suspect was arrested in June, there was a significant decline in the number of thefts from motor vehicle offences in these villages. There were only 14 recorded offences over the next 4 months. I believe this rapid decline in offences was caused by the police identifying the individual who was offending in the area and bringing him to justice.

In times of increasing demand on Policing and on public services in general, it is increasingly important that we aim to prevent offences occurring in the first place. Most vehicle crime is preventable. To quote a common cliché “Prevention is always better than cure”. It is never possible to guarantee the security of your vehicle against a professional criminal, however a large number of offences are committed by opportunists who take advantage of lax security or take a chance on high value items left on display.

You can take simple steps to reduce your vulnerability to acquisitive crime. A criminal is more likely to target vehicles and homes where there is high value or easy property to steal. The criminal must also have an opportunity to commit the offence.

The good news is that you can do something about this by making your vehicles and homes less of a target to a criminal and by reducing the opportunities available for them to commit crime against your property.

Lock your car! It may seem obvious but a large number of reported thefts involve unlocked vehicles. Recently, cars have become very difficult to break into. Simply locking the doors drastically reduces the ability of an opportunistic criminal to target your vehicle. Ensure all doors, windows and sunroofs are shut and locked. Make sure that the electronic locking has worked by manually checking the doors.

Remove all valuables from the vehicle overnight. Don’t leave items on display. Don’t make your vehicle a target! If you have parked away from home, at least ensure the valuables are not on display. Remove sat-nav or phone cradles and try not to leave marks on the windscreen showing that they have been in the vehicle.

Don’t keep unnecessary documentation in the car, registration documents, insurance certificates etc.

Try and park in a garage or public car park if you can, if not, at least in a well-lit area.

If your car does not already have one, consider an alarm. Also consider a sticker showing that the vehicle is protected by one.

Never leave house keys unattended inside your vehicle. Even if parked away from home, if keys and ID documents are discovered you may find your home could be targeted.

South Cambridgeshire remains one of the safest places to live in the UK and Cambridgeshire Constabulary remains committed to keep Cambridgeshire safe through safeguarding the vulnerable, attacking criminality, preventing crime and reassuring the public.

Visit for more information on protecting yourself from criminals. Call the 101 non-emergency number to report crime. Call 999 in an emergency when there is crime in progress or risk to personal safety.

PC 580 Alex Dopadlik – Serious Crime Team – CID – Cambourne Police Station – email –