Operation Oaklands – Tackling crime in South Cambs

Tomorrow the South Cambs Safer Neighbourhood Team start a 30 day campiagn to reduce burglary and vehicle crime across the district.

This operation will be a campaign rolled out on the streets of our communities to prevent burglaries, shed break-ins and vehicle crime. We will target a community each day, flooding villages and towns with uniform staff to spread our crime prevention message.

Op Oaklands is focused on increasing home and vehicle security and reducing the potential reward for criminals. We are a vast rural community in South Cambs, and our crime patterns do not fit an identifiable pattern, as seen in an urban environment. Crime prevention and intelligent patrol are the key to success.

We will be posting regular information about the opertation and some of the tactics we are using on our Facebook page, twitter account, here on our blog and talking to our ecops and NHW members.

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Officers on the ground will be offering residents shed alarms for just  £7.00 – these are a simple and effective deterrent.

Below are the dates we will be visiting communities over the 30 days. If you would like advice on home, shed or vehicle security and don’t live in the villages listed below, please call 101 and ask to talk with your local PCSO.

Insp James Sutherland

Date

Location

14/12/13

Balsham

15/12/13

Abington

16/12/13

Pampisford

17/12/13

Linton

18/12/13

Fulbourn

19/12/13

Fulbourn (day two due to size)

20/12/13

Waterbeach

21/12/13

Milton

22/12/13

Impington

23/12/13

Cottenham

27/12/13

Longstanton

28/12/13

Willingham

29/12/13

Swavesey

30/12/13

Papworth Everard

02/01/14

Gamlingay

03/01/13

Hardwick

04/01/13

Cambourne

05/01/13

Cambourne (day two due to size)

06/01/13

Comberton

07/01/13

Orwell

08/01/13

Harston

09/01/13

Girton

10/01/13

Foxton

11/01/13

Meldreth

12/01/13

Melbourn

13/01/13

Fowlmere

14/01/13

Duxford

15/01/13

Great Shelford

16/01/13

Great Wilbraham

17/01/13

Teversham

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PCSO Fuller – blogpost

As many of you may well be aware there was a funeral held at the All Saints church in Cottenham this morning. It was attended by approximately 600 people all wishing to pay their respects. Naturally, due to the village location, and the road resurfacing works on the High street, there was a certain amount of disruption caused to traffic.

On this occasion, due to the exceptional circumstances, Police took the decision to be present in the area, to ensure minimal disruption. We dropped letters to residents last night to warn of the possible disruption, and I was glad to receive some positive feedback about this approach today. I attended this morning along with some of my colleagues to carry out foot patrols in the area.  Cones were placed on the road to ensure safe parking, officers maintained a visible presence in the area to keep traffic flowing and deal with any parking issues.

Given the very sad situation; the attendees were very receptive to advice given re parking and apologised for any disruption as they were leaving.

I would also like to thank the traffic management officers manning the road works for their assistance in synchronising traffic signals to keep traffic flowing.

James

Two men charged – Waterbeach burglary update

Two males have been charged with a burglary that occurred in Waterbeach in November 2013. The males aged 16 and 17 have been bailed to attend court on the 8th January 2014.

I know that there has been a great deal of concern about burglary in Waterbeach. I thank residents for their patience and understanding, we have tried to pass as much information about the investigation as possible, however it remains difficult to pass anything further without jeopardising any potential trial. Detectives have worked closely with the victims, and kept them fully updates as to their progress.

So what does this mean?:

  • The males who have been charged will now appear before the courts where the crown prosecution service will present a case to magistrates.
  • Increased patrols will remain in place in Waterbeach.
  • Police will not be able to pass any further information until the matter reaches court.

Sgt Paul Rogerson

Pedlars – Always check for a certificate.

This week one of my crime prevention visits has been to see a resident who became a victim of theft in his own home. Having been visited by a door step sales person the resident let the male into his house to use the toilet. Sadly the male stole the residents wallet whilst in the house.

Sgt Rogerson wrote an article back in May about door step sales people, pedlars and rogue traders:  http://wp.me/p2IjDj-3v South Cambs has regular visits by groups of so called “Hawkers” selling items like dusters and cloths door to door. Any one doing this must have a licence, and my Police colleagues inform me it’s actually quite rare to find people with any licence at all.

Pedlars sample

I’ve included a picture in this blog post of a sample licence. These look slightly different depending on which Constabulary has granted the certificate, but should all contain the same information and signature of a senior officer. (A certificate is valid anywhere in the UK regardless of the issuing Constabulary).

If you are visited by an unlicensed door step sales person please do not buy from them, and call 101 to alert Police. Trading without a licence is a criminal offence and those caught will be put before the courts by our Police team.

I was able to re-assure the gentleman regarding the frequency of these type of offences as they are quite rare.  The Bobby Scheme also attended at the time of my visit to fit some simple security devices such as door-chains, window and door alarms and a key safe so that regular genuine callers could enter and leave leaving the property secure.  It is often the case that those who are targeted by doorstep callers are more vulnerable due to mobility problems or age, and are more likely to trust someone calling at their doorstep.

Rachel Carr, Crime prevention officer