As many readers will know we’ve recently made some arrests in relation to some house break-ins. The local PCSO and I have been inundated with calls and emails from residents wanting to know more about what is going on.
Having looked online at some of the community forums it’s clear that the small number of details we have released have perhaps been misunderstood or incorrectly passed by word of mouth.
The three males that police arrested have been released on police bail with a curfew overnight between 8pm and 8am. The three persons have been bailed whilst detectives continue their enquiries. The law that governs police powers and procedures (The Police and Criminal Evidence Act) allows us 24 hours to hold and question people as a general rule of thumb, although in some circumstances this can be extended by a senior officer or court. Whilst on bail the on-going enquiries will allow our detectives the best possible chance of securing convictions.
It is vitally important at this early stage of our investigation that we limit information in the public domain so we do not compromise our investigation.
There has also been talk online about naming and shaming people. I must be clear that this would not be useful. It would be unlawful for the Police to do so, and very unhelpful for the public try and name people, as again it could compromise a court case, it might also lead to the wrong people being accused.
It’s easy for me to say “trust us”, however this is what our detectives are trained to do, the reason they specialise and the reason they are currently working hard behind the scenes to put together a strong case to present to the crown prosecution service and the courts.
My team of uniformed officers and the detectives working from Histon CID have and will continue to do everything we can to keep Waterbeach safe whilst we conduct our enquiries and the suspects remain on police bail.
Inevitably, when a crime occurs so close to home it concerns us and makes us think about our own vulnerabilities, so what can you do to target harden your house?
– Mark your property. We have a pile of property from the most recent arrests; mark it up so we can get it back to you. UV pens, permanent markers or smart water, write serial numbers down or even better register items on http://www.immobilise.com
– Install a burglar alarm, proven by studies with criminals to be a deterrent, then make sure you set it!
– Lights: Inside, put them on a timer. Outside, have a motion activated light to the rear of your house, this alerts others if people are moving around in your rear yard or garden. At the front have ambient low level lighting.
– Going away? Get a neighbour to park on your drive, and again lights on timers are a great deterrent.
– Garden tools: make sure you lock tools away. These are often used to break in with.
– Gates and fences, use trellises to make it harder to climb fences. Keep gates locked.
– CCTV can be useful, but more often than not criminals cover up, CCTV can also, in my experience cause more worry as some people make a habit of checking it over and over, worrying about who is walking about.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article, Sgt Paul Rogerson